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Princeton's WordNet

  1. banal, commonplace, hackneyed, old-hat, shopworn, stock(a), threadbare, timeworn, tired, trite, well-wornadjective

    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'"


  1. tritenoun

    A denomination of coinage in ancient Greece equivalent to one third of a stater.

  2. tritenoun

    A genus of spiders, found in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, of the family Salticidae.

  3. Etymology: From tritus, a form of the verb terere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. TRITEadjective

    Worn out; stale; common; not new.

    Etymology: tritus, Latin.

    These duties cannot but appear of infinite concern when we reflect how uncertain our time is: this may be thought so trite and obvious a reflection, that none can want to be reminded of it. John Rogers, Sermons.

    She gives her tongue no moment’s rest,
    In phrases batter’d, stale, and trite,
    Which modern ladies call polite. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Trite

    Trite is a genus of jumping spiders first described by Eugène Simon in 1885. Most of the 18 described species occur in Australia and New Zealand, with several spread over islands of Oceania, one species even reaching Rapa in French Polynesia.


  1. trite

    Trite refers to something that is overused, clichéd, or lacking in originality and freshness due to excessive repetition. It could pertain to a comment, idea, phrase, or even a thematic element in literature or art.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Triteadjective

    worn out; common; used until so common as to have lost novelty and interest; hackneyed; stale; as, a trite remark; a trite subject


  1. Trite

    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

  1. Trite

    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.]

Anagrams for trite »

  1. titer

  2. titre

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of trite in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of trite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of trite in a Sentence

  1. Norman Douglas:

    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.

  2. Betty White:

    Enjoy life, accentuate the positive, not the negative. It sounds so trite, but a lot of people will pick out something to complain about, rather than say, ‘Hey, that was great!’ It’s not hard to find great stuff if you look.

  3. Kevin Fox:

    The exploration space is not full of wonderful opportunities, what are we looking at? It's trite to say the battery minerals sector is attracting a lot of interest and we are obviously looking at that. We include in that copper.

  4. Albert Einstein:

    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.

  5. Harold Macmillan:

    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.

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    a hazy or indistinct representation
    A accompany
    B blur
    C demolish
    D embark

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