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What does trite mean?
Trite describes something as being boring or ineffective because it is used so much, as in All politicians seem to make the same trite promises to be honest.
Something that is trite is stale and worn out. It’s most often used to criticize or insult someone’s speech or writing ability.
Example: This lecture kept going in circles and was so trite.
Where does trite come from?
The first records of the term trite come from around 1540. It comes from the Latin trītus, meaning “worn or common.” Trite describes the figurative sense of a word’s usefulness being worn down.
Trite is usually used in reference to words, either written or spoken. However, it can also refer to other things, like a TV show that has had too many episodes. Describing someone’s speech as trite is sometimes a way to insult someone while sounding like helpful criticism and is rarely done with the speaker present—a good clue that it isn’t a nice thing to say.
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How is trite used in real life?
Trite is usually used as a criticism of something, such as a thought or speech.
"I can't believe you're reading fairytales."
"Why not? They're fun, and-"
"They're for children!"
"Well, yes, but not only for children."
"Full of clichés, and trite messages about being kind."
"I can tell you don't read fairytales."
— Micro SF/F stories (@MicroSFF) October 15, 2021
If it comes to your mind first, pause and take a deep breathe before you say it. Trust me. The trite comments are hurtful.
— Kelly Wickham Hurst (@mochamomma) September 11, 2013
I'm soooooo sick of trite identity politics.
Words can't fully explain how much I detest it.
— ZUBY: (@ZubyMusic) July 15, 2019
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Is trite used correctly in the following sentence?
I fell asleep during the presentation because it was boring and full of trite phrases.
How to use trite in a sentence
While perhaps trite to say, that purpose and meaning are way more important than go-karting, free food, or recess.The 50 Best Places to Work in 2021|smurguia|November 9, 2021|Outside Online
It’s almost trite at this point to note the decade-worth of digital and e-commerce transformation that’s enveloped the marketing world over the last 16 months since the pandemic started.Media Buying Briefing: Synthetic experiences outgrow their novelty status as they attract more brands|Michael Bürgi|June 14, 2021|Digiday
It might seem trite to say that in times of despair, we can look to the written word for solace.A Reading List to Celebrate Asian Authors, From Members of TIME's Asian Community|Karena Phan|March 24, 2021|Time
Instead, Bly Manor ultimately seems to jettison all its carefully built characterizations in favor of a plot resolution that essentially happens completely offstage, to usher in an ending that feels hand-waved and trite.Netflix’s The Haunting of Bly Manor is a calm, loving study in how to exorcise your ghosts|Aja Romano|October 9, 2020|Vox
The game's rendering engine is incredibly beautiful, but the characters it renders are shallow, trite, and frequently downright hateful—and the storyline, at least for the first 15 hours, is pretty similar.I played 15 hours of Baldur’s Gate 3 early access, and I want them back|Jim Salter|October 6, 2020|Ars Technica
While a little long and a bit trite toward the end, it was exactly the creative change that Fashion Week needs.The Drama of Being a Model: Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill Land in Fashion Week|Allison McNearney|September 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The things Lindsay shows Lohan doing should be trite and calming.Lindsay Lohan’s Reality Show Is the Most Stressful Thing on TV|Kevin Fallon|March 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Marriage is the best decision you can make; it sounds trite, but it really does complete a person, rounds you out.Joshua DuBois Got Schooled by Obama, the Marriage Counselor in Chief|Joshua DuBois|October 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Daily Pic: A watercolor shows how the great painter mixed the radical and the trite.Cezanne's Cliches|Blake Gopnik|August 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Perhaps you are old-fashioned and have additional concerns that are a bit more naive, even trite.College Republican National Committee Report Has Grim Findings for GOP|Jon Favreau|June 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Half an inch taller than Kerry, she fully merited the compliment designed by that trite apothegm, "a fine woman."Dope|Sax Rohmer
Much like general terms, which mean something or nothing, are expressions that have become trite and hackneyed.English: Composition and Literature|W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
How stale and trite the fleet of a Magellan to the adventurous soul who would circumnavigate the archipelagoes of the dead!Beyond|Henry Seward Hubbard
It is trite to observe that democracies are organized—if, indeed, they are organized at all—not for war but for peace.A Traveller in War-Time|Winston Churchill
What need to burden memory with imaginary statements, or to weary out one's sympathies on trite fictitious woes?The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper|Martin Farquhar Tupper