• WordNet 3.6
    • v trivialize make trivial or insignificant "Don't trivialize the seriousness of the issue!"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Canadians Scott Abbott and Chris Haney invented Trivial Pursuit. They were planning on playing Scrabble and realized that some of the pieces were missing so they came up with the idea of making their own game; Trivial Pursuit
    • trivialize To render trivial or paltry.
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  • Julius Caesar
    “In war, events of importance are the result of trivial causes.”
  • Sir Max Beerbohm
    “Men of genius are not quick judges of character. Deep thinking and high imagining blunt that trivial instinct by which you and I size people up.”
  • Andrea Dworkin
    “While gossip among women is universally ridiculed as low and trivial, gossip among men, especially if it is about women, is called theory, or idea, or fact.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love: it is the faithless who know love's tragedies.”
  • Erich Fromm
    “The kind of relatedness to the world may be noble or trivial, but even being related to the basest kind of pattern is immensely preferable to being alone.”
  • Pedro Calderon de la Barca
    Pedro Calderon de la Barca
    “What is life? A frenzy. What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a fiction. And the greatest good is trivial; for all life is a dream and all dreams are dreams.”


In literature:

Remembrance can but summon up the crimes, the madness, the trivialities of those dead palace-builders.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series" by John Addington Symonds
But for this and for one or two other trivial lapses from grace, Liosha led a pretty equable existence at the boarding-house.
"Jaffery" by William J. Locke
True, his prudence had magnified the undertaking, which was a trivial affair, into a great adventure.
"Hatchie, the Guardian Slave; or, The Heiress of Bellevue" by Warren T. Ashton
The matter was too trivial.
"The Wings of the Morning" by Louis Tracy
It is a trivial experience and one quickly forgotten.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
These details of the electoral campaign seem trivial now.
"David Lockwin--The People's Idol" by John McGovern
A trivial conversation was in progress across the table between Mrs. Winscombe and Myrtle.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
For several years Russia enjoyed peace with but trivial interruptions.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
Take a trivial instance in point.
"The Open Secret of Ireland" by T. M. Kettle
The occasions that provoked one Commune to declare war upon its rival were trivial.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)" by John Addington Symonds
How could this eager student of character get rid of the distressing trivialities?
"Macleod of Dare" by William Black
And illusion was heightened by the trivial fact that her appearance was identical in every detail.
"Far to Seek" by Maud Diver
The trivial services I rendered you were such as any gentleman must render a woman in distress.
"Chivalry" by James Branch Cabell
Even that falsehood, though at first sight trivial, is enough for suspicion.
"The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 1 (2 vols)" by Thomas De Quincey
It is seen as the result of both great and of trivial causes.
"The Life Radiant" by Lilian Whiting
Like many another of these manufacturing disturbances, the cause seemed trivial in the extreme.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
However, all this trivial unpleasantness passed, as the entering pair were greeted by the rest of the party.
"Dorothy's Travels" by Evelyn Raymond
Their differences of opinion seemed so trivial.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
She looked thoughtful and seemed to consider so trivial a matter quite unnecessarily.
"The Silver Butterfly" by Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
Yet the trivial circumstance was to be the means of leading us finally towards our goal.
"Sant of the Secret Service" by William Le Queux

In poetry:

Assure, beyond all doubt, my fainting heart,
That there's reserv'd for me a glorious lot,
And that I shall enjoy no trivial part
Of that vast bliss, Christ for his brethren got.
"A Prayer At Going To Bed" by Rees Prichard
Awhile I'll weave the roofs of jasmine bowers,
And urge with trivial cares the loitering year;
Awhile I'll prune my grove, protect my flowers,
Then, unlamented, press an early bier!
"Elegy XXV. To Delia, With Some Flowers" by William Shenstone
II. Not always thus didst thou abandon'd languish;
The matin hymn, the midnight serenade,
The lover's wish, the rival's jealous anguish,
Claim'd from thy tones, and found no trivial aid.
"The Spanish Guitar" by Sydney Owenson
I dip my hand within the wave;
Ah! how impressionless and cold!
I touch it with my lip, and lave
My forehead in the gold.
It is a trivial thought, but sweet,
Perhaps the wave will kiss thy feet.
"The Stream Is Flowing From The West" by Henry Timrod
Yet strive, ye shepherds! strive to find,
And weave the fairest of the kind,
The prime of all the spring;
If haply thus you lovely fair
May, round her temples, deign to wear
The trivial wreaths you bring.
"A Pastoral Ode. To the Hon. Sir Richard Lyttleton" by William Shenstone
Man's feeble fury, trivial hate,
The pains that upon pleasure wait,
The exhaustion of tumultuous love,
The hopes that dwindle, fears that grow,
All that upheaves the plain below,
Tranquil, I breathe above.
"Celestial Heights" by Alfred Austin

In news:

As we've just witnessed, something as trivial as tax delinquency doesn't even cut into a person's chances to be a presidential pick for a cabinet post.
Back in the 1920s and '30s, musical shows were silly and trivial.
In the great scheme of things this is trivial, but if you want a good example of the inertia and idiocy of local government, here you go.
When it comes to white-truffle season, nothing as trivial as a bad exchange rate can stop true addicts.
Why is the solution trivial.
Time tosses aside the trivial.
I think state and national education politics, by comparison, are irrelevant and trivial.
It may sound trivial, but Iraq has been searching for one ever since Saddam Hussein's fall in 2003.
The Mainstream Media's Trivial Pursuit of Campaign 2012 The Nation.
The term "work-life balance," though thrown around like so many buzzwords, is far from being trivial.
Sure, you might think of it as just a refreshing beverage following a hard day's work (or play) or a necessary ingredient of any social gathering, but it's no trivial matter.
My views on the humorous, fascinating and semi- trivial things in life.
Senator's Wastebook 2012 Report Lists Trivial Congressional Spending.
"After this experience, everything else seems trivial .".
Maybe we tire of trivial things.

In science:

If equation (3) posses at least one not trivial solution (F trivial ≡ u′) then substitution (1) is called integrable one.
Two Poisson structures invariant with respect to discrete transformation in the case of arbitrary semi-simple algebras
It is easy to see that the algebra B ′ has no non-trivial ideal which is stable under N : a fortiori no non-trivial ideal is stable under all derivations of B ′ .
Generators of simple Lie algebras II
The fact that the centraliser of H in L is trivial follows from the fact that both H and L have trivial centre.
Generators of simple Lie algebras II
The group GL(n) acts smoothly and has trivial isotropy, meaning it doesn’t act trivially on any base.
Gauge Theory in Riem(M)
In the study of global properties of locally trivial fibre bundles it is a fundamental difficulty that the usual combinatorial methods of algebraic topology depends on the use of simplicial complexes which structure behaves badly with respect to local trivializations.
Lattice Gauge Field Theory and Prismatic Sets
Another way to show its non-triviality is to show that its underlying virtual string is non-trivial.
On tabulating virtual strings
All the nanowords in the list have trivial u-polynomial and trivial r-covering for any r other than 1.
On tabulating virtual strings
Indeed for this it is enough to show that ǫk is locally trivial; but in fact it is globally trivial, as a principal P (k) -bundle of ind-varieties ().
Generating varieties for affine Grassmannians
As we call trivial the equipartition made of singletons and the equipartition f›g, the imprimitivity systems of G are the non trivial equipartitions of › preserved by G.
Second maximal subgroups of the finite alternating and symmetric groups
Since G is primitive, the blocks are trivial and either Ge is transitive or it is the trivial group f1g.
Second maximal subgroups of the finite alternating and symmetric groups
If the evaluation map induces the trivial homomorphism on the fundamental group then the universal fibration M → MG → BG is homotopy trivial.
The Lalonde-McDuff conjecture and the fundamental group
As virtual knots can be represented as homotopy classes of a certain homotopy of nanowords , this shows that there exist non-trivial virtual knots for which non-triviality can be determined by just considering their associated Gauss word homotopy class.
Homotopy invariants of Gauss words
We now give an example of a Gauss phrase which is trivial under homotopy but non-trivial under open homotopy.
Homotopy invariants of Gauss words
The other extreme is the poset where x 6< y for all x, y ; we call these posets trivial, and let En denote the (unique) unlabelled trivial poset with |En | = n.
Poset limits and exchangeable random posets
Then, trivially, t(Q, En ) = 0 for every finite poset Q that is not itself trivial, while t(Em , En ) = 1 for all m and n.
Poset limits and exchangeable random posets