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[triv-ee-al-i-tee] /ˌtrɪv iˈæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural trivialities.
something trivial; a trivial matter, affair, remark, etc.:
cocktail conversation marked by trivialities.
Also, trivialness
[triv-ee-uh l-nis] /ˈtrɪv i əl nɪs/ (Show IPA)
. trivial quality or character.
Origin of triviality
1590-1600; trivial + -ity
Related forms
nontriviality, noun, plural nontrivialities. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • One more of many illusions which deceptively gladden our lives, making us bearers of its misery and its triviality!

    The Dead Command Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • Stone brushed this triviality aside with a wave of his heavy hand.

    The Making of Bobby Burnit George Randolph Chester
  • Manasseh38 disfigured this simple thought by Kabbalistic triviality and sophistry.

  • And you will accomplish this triviality by means of Huxley's comet, I suppose?

    The Crack of Doom Robert Cromie
  • Then, realising the lady's presence, he turned the conversation with some triviality, and strolled out into the garden.

  • All omit one or other of the absolute essentials, or dwell on some triviality.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • Yet by the triviality of these our criticisms one may measure the astonishing excellence of his books.

  • She thought it anomalous in him that he could be so thoroughly absorbed in a triviality.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • For the second it seemed to me that at the foot of it even human war was a triviality.

    The Napoleon of Notting Hill Gilbert K. Chesterton
British Dictionary definitions for triviality


noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being trivial
something, such as a remark, that is trivial
Official name trivialism (ˈtrɪvɪəˌlɪzəm)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for triviality

1590s, "quality of being trivial," from trivial + -ity. Meaning "a trivial thing or affair" is from 1610s. Related: Trivialities.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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