- noting a solution of an equation in which the value of every variable of the equation is equal to zero.
- (of a theorem, proof, or the like) simple, transparent, or immediately evident.
Origin of trivial
SYNONYMS FOR trivial
Related formstriv·i·al·ly, adverbsu·per·triv·i·al, adjectiveun·triv·i·al, adjectiveun·triv·i·al·ly, adverb
The Latin adjective triviālis, “pertaining to a crossroads or to public streets; common, vulgar, ordinary,” is a derivative of the classical Latin noun trivium meaning “the place where three roads meet, crossroads, intersection,” also “the street corner, the gutter (where bad character and manners are formed, and boys and young men ruined),” and finally the place sacred to the goddess Hecate. In Greek mythology, Hecate, who is associated with the moon and the netherworld, presides over (three-way) crossroads, doorways, magic, witchcraft, necromancy, and sorcery, and is mentioned as such by Shakespeare in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, and Macbeth. The equivalent of Hecate in Roman mythology is Diana (especially one of Diana’s multiple personae). Regarded as a three-part deity, Diana has been known by various names, including Diana Trivia and simply Trivia.
Trivia is a word in Latin, the (neuter) plural of trivium “crossroads, intersection,” and the feminine singular of the adjective trivius “pertaining to a trivium ” (especially used as an epithet of the goddess Diana). The modern English trivia is New Latin, being the neuter plural of trivius, but its meaning “unimportant things, trifles, trivialities” is influenced by triviality and dates only from the beginning of the 20th century.
Examples from the Web for trivial
Harping about a Republican war on women while wages stagnate and growth sputters is trivial and desperate.
The most riveting stories so far deal with trivial matters that sound like deleted scenes from a George Costanza fever dream.
That may seem like a trivial point, but it is not universally agreed on.Pennsylvania. Oregon. Is Gay Marriage Unstoppable?|Jay Michaelson|May 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Is it really a trivial thing to not offer a desired benefit to employees?Contraception Looks Like a Loser at the Supreme Court|Jay Michaelson|March 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Tolstoy is unsurpassed in combining the grand with the trivial, that is, the small details which make up life.Susan Minot on Africa, Joseph Kony, and the Limits of Writing About Love|Lea Carpenter|February 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nothing was too vast or too complicated to be undertaken, no detail was too trivial to be studied.England and Germany|Emile Joseph Dillon
Akin to this is fashionably slangy conversation concerning the latest thing in books, magazine articles, trivial plays.A Girl's Student Days and After|Jeannette Marks
The simple things and the simple people who surrounded her did not serve only trivial purposes.The Precipice|Ivan Goncharov
The differences in colouring between the two lots of larv thus treated were, however, of the most trivial description.New Zealand Moths and Butterflies|G. V. Hudson
He would not leave His people at a loss as to the most trivial affair.Notes on the Book of Leviticus|C. H. Mackintosh