trite

[trahyt] /traɪt/
adjective, triter, tritest.
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.
Origin
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
Synonyms
1. ordinary. See commonplace.
Antonyms
1. original.
Example Sentences 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
trite (traɪt)
 
adj
1.  hackneyed; dull: a trite comment
2.  archaic frayed or worn out
 
[C16: from Latin trītus worn down, from terere to rub]
 
'tritely
 
adv
 
'triteness
 
n

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Word Origin and History for trite
trite
1548, from L. tritus "worn, familiar," from pp. of terere "to rub, wear down" (see throw).
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