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trite

[trahyt]
adjective, trit·er, trit·est.
  1. lacking in freshness or effectiveness because of constant use or excessive repetition; hackneyed; stale: the trite phrases in his letter.
  2. characterized by hackneyed expressions, ideas, etc.: The commencement address was trite and endlessly long.
  3. Archaic. rubbed or worn by use.
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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 formstrite·ly, adverbtrite·ness, nounun·trite, adjectiveun·trite·ly, adverbun·trite·ness, noun

Synonyms

Synonym study

1. See commonplace.

Antonyms

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Examples from the Web for tritely

Historical Examples

  • At every step he had instructed her, not tritely as a Mr. Barlow, but he had been Barlowish, and that was bad.

    Old Mole

    Gilbert Cannan

  • They are more worry than they can possibly be worth, said Nora tritely.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for tritely

trite

adjective
  1. hackneyed; dulla trite comment
  2. archaic frayed or worn out
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Derived Formstritely, adverbtriteness, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin trītus worn down, from terere to rub
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Word Origin and History for tritely

trite

adj.

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

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