adjective (triter; tritest) Etymology: Latin tritus, from past participle of terere to rub, wear away — more at throw Date: 1548 hackneyed or boring from much use ; not fresh or original • tritely adverbtriteness noun Synonyms: trite, hackneyed, stereotyped, threadbare mean lacking the freshness that evokes attention or interest. trite applies to a once effective phrase or idea spoiled from long familiarity <
“you win some, you lose some” is a trite expression
. hackneyed stresses being worn out by overuse so as to become dull and meaningless <
all of the metaphors and images in the poem are hackneyed
. stereotyped implies falling invariably into the same pattern or form <
views of minorities that are stereotyped and out-of-date
. threadbare applies to what has been used until its possibilities of interest have been totally exhausted <
a mystery novel with a threadbare plot

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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