Definition of triviality in English:


nounPlural trivialities

mass noun
  • 1Lack of seriousness or importance; insignificance.

    ‘the mediocrity and triviality of current popular culture’
    ‘the relentlessness of his triviality is grating’
    • ‘But my problem with the ideological feminism was that I couldn't stand the triviality of so much of it.’
    • ‘The template for this book's monologues is the on-screen navel-gazing of TV contestants, and it requires of its reader a similar concern for triviality.’
    • ‘Some weeks ago, rooting around in files of old clippings and correspondence, I made a discovery of astonishing obviousness and triviality.’
    • ‘This enormous power to subject the American public to serial triviality is far from trivial.’
    • ‘We can laugh at, or bemoan, the triviality of the media.’
    • ‘The matter of the United Kingdom being engaged in a war which few of us condone far transcends the triviality of local affairs.’
    • ‘The music's lightness (but not triviality) belies the opera's seriousness.’
    • ‘So much of my day is taken up with triviality, frustration, and minutiae!’
    • ‘Once a person takes upon himself community leadership, it is best to minimize public participation in activities which have a smack of triviality.’
    • ‘We had traded in a decade of triviality for an era of profundity.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, I reflected on the triviality of human affairs and the weakness of the individuals who hold the fate of the world in their hands.’
    • ‘No, no, no; you'd never find me wasting my time on such fruitless triviality.’
    • ‘Why is modern life so obsessed with triviality?’
    • ‘Hurley's show was a brilliant reflection of Kiwi culture and portrayal of the triviality of politics and the public's attitude towards them.’
    • ‘They seem to be trivial checks, but it is because of their triviality that they are often ignored.’
    • ‘The triviality of these people and their lives is staggering.’
    • ‘Yeah, you're a busy man and you sure as hell don't have time for such triviality as shaving.’
    • ‘Given the satirical clout of his greatest operettas, the charge of triviality now strikes us as absurd, but it rankled.’
    • ‘The aggressive triviality of the campaign is having a deadening effect on the electorate.’
    • ‘Denis believes that this is partly because of a flight from the triviality of the other media.’
    • ‘Another reports that in 55 markets in 35 states, local news was dominated by crime and violence, triviality and celebrity.’
    unimportance, insignificance, frivolousness, inconsequence, inconsequentiality, pettiness, slightness, paltriness, negligibility
    minor detail, petty detail, mere detail, matter of no importance, thing of no importance, matter of no consequence, thing of no consequence, trifle, non-essential, inessential, nothing
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    1. 1.1count noun An insignificant detail; a trifle.
      ‘an over-concentration on trivialities’
      • ‘The atmosphere is relaxed and cosy, ideal for a quiet conversation on weighty world matters or passing trivialities.’
      • ‘When we did have time alone, it seemed as though we spent it arguing about trivialities.’
      • ‘These are not trivialities; they are the essence of his argument.’
      • ‘They do not dwell on the trivialities or the details.’
      • ‘The utter trivialities they deem important makes me want to weep.’
      • ‘You go to a lot of conferences and meetings and we realised we were all fighting the same battles, and that we needed to get rid of trivialities.’
      • ‘Even if you care only about your biceps - and spare no thoughts to such trivialities as health and longevity - vegetables are still an absolute necessity, for several reasons.’
      • ‘To most teams, this would seem like a triviality.’
      • ‘Experts blame the press for emphasizing such trivialities.’
      • ‘Why is my mind racing with trivialities?’
      • ‘There are frequent, stimulating insights here (such as in the Schumann chapter mentioned above), but there are then many trivialities that are dressed up to sound imposing.’
      • ‘I do not wish to waste the House's time on such trivialities.’
      • ‘What does a triviality like that matter compared to my indulgence of hatred?’
      • ‘Coyle's book digs much deeper than the surface appearances and trivialities we're inundated with on a daily basis.’
      • ‘Wipe out pettiness, irritations, illusions, trivialities.’
      • ‘While the mutually irritated mother and father squabble over the television remote control and other trivialities, their two young sons listen upstairs and wonder about what lies ahead.’
      • ‘I have often been accused of thinking too much, of over-analyzing trivialities.’
      • ‘What won't be unusual to many is the banal content of Warhol's utterances, his obsession with trivialities, and his seeming shallowness.’
      • ‘I suppose it makes no sense to question these things, for I'm simply a man, and I have no time to dwell on such trivialities.’
      • ‘But after getting a new job, and then signing up for a night class and a gym membership, I have little time for such trivialities.’
      • ‘This, he emphasized, was most important, but it seemed to her just another ridiculous triviality.’