Trite Trite (tr[imac]t), a. [L. tritus, p. p. of terere to rub, to wear out; probably akin to E. throw. See {Throw}, and cf. {Contrite}, {Detriment}, {Tribulation}, {Try}.] Worn out; common; used until so common as to have lost novelty and interest; hackneyed; stale; as, a trite remark; a trite subject. -- {Trite"ly}, adv. -- {Trite"ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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