adjective, triter, tritest.
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.

1540–50; < Latin trītus worn, common, equivalent to trī- (variant stem of terere to rub, wear down) + -tus past participle suffix

tritely, adverb
triteness, noun
untrite, adjective
untritely, adverb
untriteness, noun

1. ordinary. See commonplace.

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trite (traɪt)
1.  hackneyed; dull: a trite comment
2.  archaic frayed or worn out
[C16: from Latin trītus worn down, from terere to rub]

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Word Origin & History

1548, from L. tritus "worn, familiar," from pp. of terere "to rub, wear down" (see throw).
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Example sentences
The triteness of the writing indicates a regard for his prose that is different from that for his essay prose.
So many smart, talented people collaborated on this exercise in triteness.
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