banal, commonplace, hackneyed, old-hat, shopworn, stock(a), threadbare, timeworn, tired, trite, well-worn(adj)
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'"
A denomination of coinage in ancient Greece equivalent to one third of a stater.
A genus of spiders, found in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, of the family Salticidae.
Origin: From tritus, a form of the verb terere.
worn out; common; used until so common as to have lost novelty and interest; hackneyed; stale; as, a trite remark; a trite subject
Trite is a spider genus of the Salticidae family. Most of the 18 described species occur in Australia and New Zealand, with several spread over islands of Oceania, one species even reaching Rapa.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
trīt, adj. worn out by use: used till its novelty and interest are lost: hackneyed.—adv. Trite′ly.—n. Trite′ness. [It. trito—L. tritus, rubbed, pa.p. of terĕre, to rub.]
The numerical value of trite in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of trite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. The trite subjects of human efforts, possessions, outward success, luxury have always seemed to me contemptible.
A Foreign Secretaryand this applies also to a prospective Foreign Secretaryis always faced with this cruel dilemma. Nothing he can say can do very much good, and almost anything he may say may do a great deal of harm. Anything he says that is not obvious is dangerous; whatever is not trite is risky. He is forever poised between the cliche and the indiscretion.
What is all wisdom save a collection of platitudes. Take fifty of our current proverbial sayings-- they are so trite, so threadbare. None the less they embody the concentrated experience of the race, and the man who orders his life according to their teachings cannot be far wrong. Has any man ever attained to inner harmony by pondering the experience of others? Not since the world began! He must pass through fire.
The author of genius does keep till his last breath the spontaneity, the ready sensitiveness, of a child, the "innocence of eye" that means so much to the painter, the ability to respond freshly and quickly to new scenes, and to old scenes as though they were new; to see traits and characteristics as though each were new-minted from the hand of God instead of sorting them quickly into dusty categories and pigeon-holing them without wonder or surprise; to feel situations so immediately and keenly that the word "trite" has hardly any meaning for him; and always to see "the correspondences between things" of which Aristotle spoke two thousand years ago.
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- banální, vyčpělýCzech
- nichtssagend, banal, abgedroschen, plattGerman
- τετριμμένος, κοινότοποςGreek
- cliché, manido, tópico, trillado, lugar común, trivialSpanish
- trivial, banalFrench
- shenn-cheaut, ceautManx
- banális, elkoptatott, elcsépeltHungarian
- ありふれた, 陳腐Japanese
- afgezaagd, banaal, versletenDutch
- banal, gastoPortuguese
- затасканный, банальный, шаблонный, избитыйRussian
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