- 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.
Origin of trite
1540–50; < Latin trītus worn, common, equivalent to trī- (variant stem of terere to rub, wear down) + -tus past participle suffix
1. See commonplace.
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Examples from the Web for tritely
At every step he had instructed her, not tritely as a Mr. Barlow, but he had been Barlowish, and that was bad.Old Mole
They are more worry than they can possibly be worth, said Nora tritely.The Girl Scouts at Rocky Ledge
The text-books tell us tritely that the goose lives to be a hundred years.The New North
Agnes Deans Cameron
"Men know more than they understand, and women understand more than they know," some one has tritely said.The Bachelors
William Dana Orcutt
“That same moon lit the world for the builders of the Pyramids,” he said, tritely enough.The Shoulders of Atlas
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
- hackneyed; dulla trite comment
- archaic frayed or worn out
C16: from Latin trītus worn down, from terere to rub
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Word Origin and History for tritely
1540s, from Latin tritus "worn, familiar," from past participle of terere "to rub, wear down" (see throw (v.)).
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