Spiritual gurus who use their power to facilitate sexual encounters with their students are something of a cliché.
He wrote in the High Style, after Bellow, and declared war on cliché.
The cliché about narrative arcs has long been that “the media like to build you up then tear you down.”
1825, "electrotype, stereotype," from French cliché, a technical word in printer's jargon for "stereotype block," noun use of past participle of clicher "to click" (18c.), supposedly echoic of the sound of a mold striking molten metal. Figurative extension to "trite phrase, worn-out expression" is first attested 1888, following the course of stereotype. Related: Cliched (1928).
A much used expression that has lost its freshness and descriptive power. Some clichés are “I thank you from the bottom of my heart” and “It's only a drop in the bucket.”