trite

[trahyt]
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

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


1. ordinary. See commonplace.


1. original.
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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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trite
1548, from L. tritus "worn, familiar," from pp. of terere "to rub, wear down" (see throw).
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Example sentences
Our trite, repeated lines order the world too, but only by flattening it.
Comparisons with developed and developing nations are trite and inappropriate.
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.
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