Definition of trite in English:



  • (of a remark or idea) lacking originality or freshness; dull on account of overuse.

    ‘this point may now seem obvious and trite’
    • ‘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.’
    hackneyed, banal, clichéd, platitudinous, vapid, commonplace, ordinary, common, stock, conventional, stereotyped, predictable
    stale, overused, overworked, overdone, worn out, time-worn, tired, threadbare, hoary, hack, unimaginative, unoriginal, derivative, uninspired, dull, pedestrian, run-of-the-mill, routine, humdrum
    old hat, corny, played out, hacky
    cornball, dime-store
    truistic, bromidic
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Mid 16th century: from Latin tritus, past participle of terere to rub.