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trite

[ trahyt ]
/ traɪt /
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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.
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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

synonym study for trite

1. See commonplace.

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British Dictionary definitions for trite

trite
/ (traɪt) /

adjective
hackneyed; dulla trite comment
archaic frayed or worn out

Derived forms of trite

tritely, adverbtriteness, noun

Word Origin for trite

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