Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The character of being trite; commonness; staleness; the state of being hackneyed or commonplace.

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  • noun uncountable The state or quality of being trite.
  • noun countable The result or product of being trite.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun unoriginality as a result of being dull and hackneyed

Etymologies

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From trite +‎ -ness

Examples

  • Even the most obvious triteness is acceptable, provided it comes with a postmodern wink.

    A Reader's Manifesto

  • Even the most obvious triteness is acceptable, provided it comes with a postmodern wink.

    A Reader's Manifesto

  • One convention of the superhero movie I wholeheartedly approve, for all its triteness, is the dramatic confrontation between the hero and his nemesis, the former turning the tide just as it looks like he’s beat and all that.

    They Can Be a Great People, Kal-El

  • "Do you think," said she to Godolphin, who stood beside her, "that there lives any one who could behold these countless monuments of eternal glory, and not sigh to recall the triteness, or rather burn to rise from the level, of our ordinary life?"

    Godolphin, Complete

  • "Do you think," said she to Godolphin, who stood beside her, that there lives any one who could behold these countless monuments of eternal glory, and not sigh to recall the triteness, or rather burn to rise from the level, of our ordinary life? "

    Godolphin, Volume 4.

  • That said, the triteness of the revelations does not make the outrage they've triggered any less real.

    Corruption on Singh's Watch

  • There's one sex scene which possibly stumbles over the boundary between satire and triteness, but this is a small misstep in an otherwise admirable undertaking.

    Give & Take

  • There's one sex scene which possibly stumbles over the boundary between satire and triteness, but this is a small misstep in an otherwise admirable undertaking.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • *** Bill Rauch, Oregon Shakespeare's artistic director, is equally enamored of high-concept productions, and no less adept than Ms. Dehnert at charging his concepts with theatrical life—though on paper they sometimes seem obvious to the point of triteness.

    The Glorious Tragedy of Julia Caesar

  • Even the prose, translated from the Danish into a sturdily plainspoken English by Charlotte Barslund and Emma Ryder, veers to triteness.

    Going to Sea Once More

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