Definition of trite in US English:



  • (of a remark, opinion, or idea) overused and consequently of little import; lacking originality or freshness.

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