Definition of Trite

1. Adjective. Repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse. "The trite metaphor `hard as nails'"




Definition of Trite

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

Definition of Trite

1. Adjective. Worn out; hackneyed; used so many times that it is no longer interesting or effective (often in reference to a word or phrase). ¹

2. Noun. A denomination of coinage in ancient Greece equivalent to one third of a stater. ¹

3. Noun. A genus of spiders, found in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, of the family Salticidae. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Trite

1. used so often as to be made commonplace [adj TRITER, TRITEST] : TRITELY [adv]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Trite

trisulphide
trisulphides
trisuls
trisyllabic
trisyllabics
trisyllable
trisyllables
trit
tritactic
tritagonist
tritanol
tritanomaly
tritanopia
tritanopias
tritanopic
trite (current term)
trite law
tritely
triteness
tritenesses
triter
triternate
triterpene
triterpenes
triterpenoid
triterpenoids
trites
tritest
tritheism
tritheisms

Literary usage of Trite

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1. The Adventures of Christopher Hawkins by Christopher Hawkins, Charles Ira Bushnell (1864)
"In 1780, he was appointed Captain of the Amphi- trite, of 24 guns, ... In the month of August, being in company with the frigate Amphi- trite, ..."

2. University Musical Encyclopedia by Louis Charles Elson (1912)
"trite. Third string from the top, in the eight-stringed lyre used ш GREEK MUSIC. Tritone, Triton. Fr. Augmented fourth containing three whole tones, ..."

3. The King's English by Henry Watson Fowler, Francis George Fowler (1906)
"trite QUOTATION Quotation may be material or formal. ... To deal in trite quotations and phrases therefore amounts to a confession that the writer either is ..."

4. Songs for the Sanctuary: Or, Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship by Charles S. Robinson (1872)
"2 Why should my foolish passions rove Î Where can such sweetness be, As I have tasted in thy love, — As I have found in theel ;eA cou - trite heart, ..."

5. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1920)
"The trite expression of Lord Chancellor Sugden, with reference to the rule, will bear repeating again: "Tell me what you have done under such a deed, ..."

6. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"commonplace, a. everyday, common, ordinary, hackneyed, threadbare, stale, tame, trite, trivial (now rare), banal, plebeian (literary), Philistine (literary) ..."

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