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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

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1. See commonplace.

Antonyms for trite

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Related Words for triteness

banality, bromide, nostalgia, melodrama, stereotype, tag, flatness, shibboleth, saw, truism, triviality, evenness, vapidity, buzzword, commonplace, monotony, proverb, motto, verbiage, inanity

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Historical Examples of triteness

  • You don't come it over me with the triteness of these round numbers.

    Fantasia of the Unconscious

    D. H. Lawrence

  • The triteness of his moral climax is occasionally startling.

  • Triteness is present, but that is to be expected in all amateur fiction.

  • Brouillard laughed and fell headlong into the pit of triteness.

  • The triteness of words 'plus sonores que solides' is the second.

    mile Verhaeren

    Stefan Zweig

British Dictionary definitions for triteness


  1. hackneyed; dulla trite comment
  2. archaic frayed or worn out
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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 triteness



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

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