[ trahyt ]
/ traɪt /

adjective, trit·er, trit·est.

lacking in freshness or effectiveness because of constant use or excessive repetition; hackneyed; stale: the trite phrases in his letter.
characterized by hackneyed expressions, ideas, etc.: The commencement address was trite and endlessly long.
Archaic. rubbed or worn by use.

Nearby words

  1. trisyllable,
  2. trit.,
  3. tritagonist,
  4. tritanomaly,
  5. tritanopia,
  6. tritely,
  7. tritheism,
  8. trithing,
  9. tritiate,
  10. triticale

Origin of trite

1540–50; < Latin trītus worn, common, equivalent to trī- (variant stem of terere to rub, wear down) + -tus past participle suffix

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See commonplace. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for trite


/ (traɪt) /


hackneyed; dulla trite comment
archaic frayed or worn out
Derived Formstritely, adverbtriteness, noun

Word Origin for trite

C16: from Latin trītus worn down, from terere to rub

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Word Origin and History for trite



1540s, from Latin tritus "worn, familiar," from past participle of terere "to rub, wear down" (see throw (v.)).

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