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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
1540-1550
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.
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  • Our trite, repeated lines order the world too, but only by flattening it.
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  • The plot was trite, more an extended greeting card than a story.
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  • It is tedious, trite, and its rich source material is wasted.
British Dictionary definitions for trite

trite

/traɪt/
adjective
1.
hackneyed; dull: a trite comment
2.
(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
adj.

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

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