Definition of triviality in English:

triviality

noun

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

    ‘the mediocrity and triviality of current popular culture’
    ‘the relentlessness of his triviality is grating’
    • ‘Some weeks ago, rooting around in files of old clippings and correspondence, I made a discovery of astonishing obviousness and triviality.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Why is modern life so obsessed with triviality?’
    • ‘So much of my day is taken up with triviality, frustration, and minutiae!’
    • ‘Hurley's show was a brilliant reflection of Kiwi culture and portrayal of the triviality of politics and the public's attitude towards them.’
    • ‘This enormous power to subject the American public to serial triviality is far from trivial.’
    • ‘Another reports that in 55 markets in 35 states, local news was dominated by crime and violence, triviality and celebrity.’
    • ‘Once a person takes upon himself community leadership, it is best to minimize public participation in activities which have a smack of triviality.’
    • ‘The aggressive triviality of the campaign is having a deadening effect on the electorate.’
    • ‘We can laugh at, or bemoan, the triviality of the media.’
    • ‘Yeah, you're a busy man and you sure as hell don't have time for such triviality as shaving.’
    • ‘They seem to be trivial checks, but it is because of their triviality that they are often ignored.’
    • ‘But my problem with the ideological feminism was that I couldn't stand the triviality of so much of it.’
    • ‘The triviality of these people and their lives is staggering.’
    • ‘The music's lightness (but not triviality) belies the opera's seriousness.’
    • ‘We had traded in a decade of triviality for an era of profundity.’
    • ‘No, no, no; you'd never find me wasting my time on such fruitless triviality.’
    • ‘Given the satirical clout of his greatest operettas, the charge of triviality now strikes us as absurd, but it rankled.’
    • ‘Denis believes that this is partly because of a flight from the triviality of the other media.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The matter of the United Kingdom being engaged in a war which few of us condone far transcends the triviality of local affairs.’
    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’
      • ‘I have often been accused of thinking too much, of over-analyzing trivialities.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I do not wish to waste the House's time on such trivialities.’
      • ‘Coyle's book digs much deeper than the surface appearances and trivialities we're inundated with on a daily basis.’
      • ‘Experts blame the press for emphasizing such trivialities.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These are not trivialities; they are the essence of his argument.’
      • ‘Why is my mind racing with trivialities?’
      • ‘The utter trivialities they deem important makes me want to weep.’
      • ‘What does a triviality like that matter compared to my indulgence of hatred?’
      • ‘When we did have time alone, it seemed as though we spent it arguing about 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What won't be unusual to many is the banal content of Warhol's utterances, his obsession with trivialities, and his seeming shallowness.’
      • ‘They do not dwell on the trivialities or the details.’
      • ‘The atmosphere is relaxed and cosy, ideal for a quiet conversation on weighty world matters or passing trivialities.’
      • ‘This, he emphasized, was most important, but it seemed to her just another ridiculous triviality.’
      • ‘Wipe out pettiness, irritations, illusions, trivialities.’
      • ‘To most teams, this would seem like a triviality.’

Pronunciation

triviality

/ˌtrɪvɪˈalɪti/