Definitions

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  • n. Quality or state of being trivial.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Quality or state of being trivial.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being trivial; triviality.

Etymologies

trivial +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • While it is easy to write off these petty questions and discussions as an inevitable part of the political process, the trivialness of the presidential campaign is actually a recent development in American history.

    Michael Bendetson: Media Madness

  • Would the trivialness of the act of opening play a part?

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The Internet, The Fourth Amendment, and Technology Neutrality: A Response to Horowitz

  • For once we are lifted out of the trivialness and dust of politics into the region of truth and manhood.

    Matthew Yglesias » Another State Bites the Dust

  • There is much that could be said about this latest Bush travesty of attempted Rovian image-making, but mostly I feel a large sadness about the trivialness of it.

    Steve Cobble: Salt

  • Yet I find it not to be an essential ingredient, and after going without it for a year am still in the land of the living; and I am glad to escape the trivialness of carrying a bottleful in my pocket, which would sometimes pop and discharge its contents to my discomfiture.

    Walden

  • Snug in Concord, Henry David Thoreau hailed the later career of John Brown, the greatest of the antislavery killers: “we are lifted out of the trivialness and dust of politics into the region of truth and manhood.”

    America's First Dynasty

  • It is worth the expense of youthful days and costly hours, if you learn only some words of an ancient language, which are raised out of the trivialness of the street, to be perpetual suggestions and provocations.

    Walden, or Life in the woods

  • Yet I find it not to be an essential ingredient, and after going without it for a year am still in the land of the living; and I am glad to escape the trivialness of carrying a bottle-full in my pocket, which would sometimes pop and discharge its contents to my discomfiture.

    Walden, or Life in the woods

  • Her thoughts, affections, desires and occupations never rise above trivialness.

    Serious Hours of a Young Lady

  • Bush played that card ad naseum, he and his cronies painting those against the Patriot Act and other similar atrocities as classless individualists who value the trivialness of self over the supposed well-being of everyone else.

    Tonawanda News Homepage

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