Trite definition

trīt
Worn out by constant use; no longer having freshness, originality, or novelty; stale.

A trite idea, remark, etc.

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The definition of trite is something that is stale or overused or cliché.

An example of trite is an expression that everyone uses that has lost all meaning because it is used so much.

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Not evoking interest because of overuse or repetition; hackneyed.
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A denomination of coinage in ancient Greece equivalent to one third of a stater.
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Trite, a genus of spiders, found in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, of the family Salticidae.
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Worn out; hackneyed; used so many times that it is no longer interesting or effective (often in reference to a word or phrase).
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
trite
Comparative:
triter
Superlative:
tritest

Origin of trite

  • Latin trītus from past participle of terere to wear out terə-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin tritus, a form of the verb terere (“to rub or wear").

    From Wiktionary