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(of a remark or idea) lacking originality or freshness; dull on account of overuse.‘this point may now seem obvious and trite’
hackneyed, banal, clichéd, platitudinous, vapid, commonplace, ordinary, common, stock, conventional, stereotyped, predictablestale, overused, overworked, overdone, worn out, time-worn, tired, threadbare, hoary, hack, unimaginative, unoriginal, derivative, uninspired, dull, pedestrian, run-of-the-mill, routine, humdrumold hat, corny, played out, hackycornball, dime-storetruistic, bromidicView synonyms
- ‘It may sound trite but we all must accept the cards that Providence deals to us.’
- ‘If only they had used biblical language at least it would have sounded less trite, hackneyed and cliched.’
- ‘It's a trite and hackneyed old platitude - but sometimes, you do just have to stop and look at what's around you.’
- ‘Quibbling about definitions of freedom is a trite response to a serious issue.’
- ‘Sadly the rest of the second half was trite to the point of boredom.’
- ‘This may sound trite, but you cannot afford not to experience this four-day workshop.’
- ‘You're saying that every idea expressed in the movie is utterly trite and pedestrian.’
- ‘Children need to be aware of the real world, not force-fed trite fairytales.’
- ‘They say that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat trite sayings.’
- ‘This is more than the trite truism that there is a thin line between love and hate.’
- ‘You might say that this is a trite example, but that's a value judgement.’
- ‘It makes me shiver to think that you could put such trite, sad lyrics to such an upbeat rhythm.’
- ‘The answers range from the dismissive and the trite to the droll and unexpectedly sincere.’
- ‘It manages to be about several things at once, without seeming confusing or trite.’
- ‘Yet much of what we call poetry consists of trite or false ideas in sublime language.’
- ‘It is certainly not a quality that should be derided or dismissed as trite - it can be studied, and it can be learned.’
- ‘The trouble with clichés is that they are so often true, even if trite and overused.’
- ‘Her questions were trite and her lack of contact with literature all too apparent.’
- ‘It seems almost trite to say it is a major disaster but it is difficult to find words to express the significance of this second attack.’
- ‘The lyrics are trite and valuable ink has been wasted in printing them.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin tritus, past participle of terere to rub.
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