Definition of trite adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//traɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//traɪt//
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(of a remark, an opinion, etc.) dull and boring because it has been expressed so many times before; not original synonym banal Word Originmid 16th cent.: from Latin tritus, past participle of terere ‘to rub’.Extra examples As trite as it sounds, I had forgotten what greenness was until I saw those palms. It is a trite observation that there is no such thing as a standard of international law. She seemed bored and asked trite questions.
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