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Definition: lacking in freshness or effectiveness because of constant use or excessive repetition. Silly, commonplace.

Pronunciation: TRY-t


Dating back to the 1540’s, trite derives from the Latin tritus meaning worn or familiar. This word, in turn, comes from the past participle of terere meaning to rub something or to wear it down.

Why this word?

I was actually looking to find a new and exciting synonym for unique, or uniqueness. While I could not find anything interesting there, I looked down to the antonyms’ list and found this great word, which represents everything but uniqueness. But it did get to me; mainly as it sounds so fresh and so perky- like a great fun word! Trite rhymes with light, white, delight and so many other fun loving words, that you just can’t escape thinking it would be a very positive adjective. Surely it also rhymes with night, fight, building site and fright- but let’s not be so petty…

How to use the word trite in a sentence?

Trite makes a great adjective as you can use it to describe anything that fits the definition.

“All her songs are so trite. It’s been a very long time since she came up with anything new!”

“My clothes are all trite. MOOOOOM you must take me shopping NOW!”

“All the man I meet lately are just trite. I usually start yawning before the drinks arrive”.


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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