trite

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj trite repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse "bromidic sermons","his remarks were trite and commonplace","hackneyed phrases","a stock answer","repeating threadbare jokes","parroting some timeworn axiom","the trite metaphor `hard as nails'"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Trite trīt Worn out; common; used until so common as to have lost novelty and interest; hackneyed; stale; as, a trite remark; a trite subject.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • trite Rubbed; frayed; worn.
    • trite Hence Used till so common as to have lost its novelty and interest; commonplace; worn out; hackneyed; stale.
    • n trite In ancient Greek music, the third tone (from the top) of the conjunct, disjunct, and extreme tetrachords. See tetrachord.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Trite trīt worn out by use: used till its novelty and interest are lost: hackneyed
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. tritus, p. p. of terere, to rub, to wear out; probably akin to E. throw,. See Throw, and cf. Contrite Detriment Tribulation Try
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It. trito—L. tritus, rubbed, pa.p. of terĕre, to rub.

Usage

In literature:

TRITE but true is the old adage that necessity is the mother of invention.
"How the Flag Became Old Glory" by Emma Look Scott
And he expresses, somewhat tritely, the hope that Saxham's friend was prepared to meet his end.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Do not waste your time with music that is trite or ignoble.
"Great Pianists on Piano Playing" by James Francis Cooke
Much like general terms, which mean something or nothing, are expressions that have become trite and hackneyed.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
To many of our readers they are doubtless already familiar; but it is better to appear trite to some than obscure even to a few.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
Sometimes one is obliged to fall back on a trite phrase.
"China, Japan and the U.S.A." by John Dewey
There is not a dull or trite situation in the book.
"The Third Degree" by Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow
The topics were trite, but the thoughts were always serious and elevated.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
She chatted about topics of the day in terms that were ingeniously trite.
"Red Men and White" by Owen Wister
They have sunk so deep, and spread so far among mankind, that they have become common and almost trite.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 360, October 1845" by Various
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In poetry:

Can Waterloo grow trite by time,
Or Yorktown fail to fire,
Man's breast, with hatred most sublime,
To wrong, till time expire?
"Hallowed Ground" by James Avis Bartley
I wonder how great poets do
When something inspires them to write.
When the Muse I've endeavored to woo,
I'm sure to get endings so trite.
"The Distressed Poet (Pantoum)" by Oscar Fay Adams
Trite usages in tamest style
Had tended to their plighting.
"It's just worth while,
Perhaps," they had said. "And saves much sad good-nighting."
"A Jog-Trot Pair" by Thomas Hardy
When something inspires them to write,
Are they never at loss for a rhyme?
I'm sure to get endings so trite,
Though my thought may be really sublime.
"The Distressed Poet (Pantoum)" by Oscar Fay Adams
May cloud and mountain, lake and vale,
Never to you be trite or stale
As unto souls whose wellsprings fail
Or flow defiled,
Till Nature's happiest fairy-tale
Charms not her child!
"A Child's Hair" by William Watson
Now, what more to sing or say
Know I not, thou charming May,
To thy praise—ideas fail—
Songs of May are trite and stale,
Charming neither heart nor ear,
Mount we to a higher sphere.
"May" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

Forget President Obama vs Mitt Romney and their trite discussions of health care, job creation and the plight of the middle class.
The Danish writer-director would never be satisfied with trite formulas and predictable scripts.
Latest Single Carrot production somehow entangles the superficially trite with the emotionally resonant .
ABC's 'Missing': Mother kicks best in this trite TV drama.
The unbearable triteness of being.
These "a dozen interconnected stories starring a bunch of famous people" movies are almost never good and come off as shallow and trite.
LOUISVILLE — Brittany Michelle Trites and Trevor Roy DeJarnett were united in marriage May 19 at Cherokee Park in Louisville with Daniel Lira officiating.
Now that we are free from the hackneyed phrase "battleground state of Ohio" for the next four years, let me suggest a few other trite expressions that ought to be retired immediately for the sake of our collective sanity.
Yep, it's trite and it's been done countless times before.
Eclecticism can be trite and silly, but also fun and refreshing, if done well.
Some of its visual effects are certainly trite.
Drewry's reasons the time is soon to invest in used ships for profit To be trite, every cloud has a silver lining, and the stormy shipping market crisis' shining beacon appears to be strong investment opportunities in secondhand ships.
I hate to sound trite, but it truly was love at first sight when I spotted my first cabover heavy duty tractor.
It sounds trite, but its true.
Reviewers called it trite and dull, but education reformers on both the left and right have hailed 'Won't Back Down' as a potential game-changer for public education.
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