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Definition of "trite" []

  • Lacking power to evoke interest through overuse or repetition; hackneyed. (adjective)
  • Archaic Frayed or worn out by use. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "trite" in a sentence
  • "Anderson avoided what he called the trite "dancing natives on the beach," so popular in the"
  • "Why do fools speak in trite cliched meaningless phrasing?"
  • "(Notice how wrong trite is for this slot, how it ruins things in the worst of ways, how a different word might make it all rite/right.)."