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[trahyt] /traɪt/
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.
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 forms
tritely, adverb
triteness, noun
untrite, adjective
untritely, adverb
untriteness, noun
1. ordinary. See commonplace.
1. original. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for trite
  • Our trite, repeated lines order the world too, but only by flattening it.
  • Comparisons with developed and developing nations are trite and inappropriate.
  • But there he was in that trite pose, feet in the air, as if arranged on the sink top for her to find him.
  • The plot was trite, more an extended greeting card than a story.
  • Jokes and riddles were added to the seed catalogs, but the jokes were obvious and trite.
  • Under the first scratch of the surface the topic of network cables appears to be trite.
  • It is tedious, trite, and its rich source material is wasted.
British Dictionary definitions for trite


hackneyed; dull: a trite comment
(archaic) frayed or worn out
Derived Forms
tritely, adverb
triteness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin trītus worn down, from terere to rub
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Word Origin and History for trite

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

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