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hackneyed

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Definition lacking impact due to too much previous exposure — especially writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
  • She writes in a hackneyed manner with nothing original.
hackneyed = writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
  • Consider using terms that were published in the job requirement in your résumé, even if it means using hackneyed expressions like "highly motivated self-starter." Often this technique gets you past the first computer screening.
  • She wrote, "It remains to be seen." No matter how true, the hackneyed phrase disturbed his sense of creativity.
  • The most hackneyed phrase in Silicon Valley these days is "We're the next Google."
  • hackneyed = lacking impact because it has been heard so many times before
  • She outlined her speech in hackneyed expressions, but delivered it with moving examples from her constituents.
  • It may not be better than what's been written before, but at least it's an attempt to add to the dialogue rather than another hackneyed reiteration of Plato.
  • But that expression of violently in love' is so hackneyed, so doubtful, so indefinite, that it gives me very little idea.
    Austen, Jane  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • The film employs the now rather hackneyed device of switching between black-and-white and color to indicate a dream.
  • That was what remained: a few stupid war stories, hackneyed and unprofound.
    Tim O'Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • hackneyed = lacking impact due to too much previous exposure — unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
  • It was fresh enough, at least, and it was his own, it wasn't part of a hackneyed trend in scripts.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • hackneyed = overused
  • So what if her first original words in months were the most hackneyed.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • hackneyed = unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
  • These reflections appealed to Gordon just because they were so hackneyed.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • hackneyed = lacking impact due to too much previous exposure — especially writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
  • it was hateful to find himself the prisoner of this hackneyed vocabulary.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • hackneyed = unimaginative and filled with overused expressions
  • I have seen a gipsy vagabond; she has practised in hackneyed fashion the science of palmistry and told me what such people usually tell.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • hackneyed = lacking impact due to too much previous exposure
  • But that expression of "violently in love" is so hackneyed, so doubtful, so indefinite, that it gives me very little idea.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • hackneyed = lacking in impact due to too much previous exposure
  • Beneath the everyday incidents, the commonplace thoughts and hackneyed words, I could hear...
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann's Way
  • hackneyed = lacking impact due to too much previous exposure
  • Sound of mating birds, sound of spring blossoms dropping in the tranquil air, the bark of sleepy dogs at midnight; who is to set them down and make them anything but hackneyed?
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • hackneyed = writing that befits a hack writer; i.e., writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
  • I detest jargon of every kind, and sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself, because I could find no language to describe them in but what was worn and hackneyed out of all sense and meaning.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • hackneyed = lacking impact due to too much previous exposure
  • Rieux had already noticed Grand's trick of professing to quote some turn of speech from "his part of the world" (he hailed from Montelimar), and following up with some such hackneyed expression as "lost in dreams," or "pretty as a picture."
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • hackneyed = lacking impact due to too much previous exposure
  • The men leaned back on their heels, put their hands in their trousers-pockets, and proclaimed their views with the booming profundity of a prosperous male repeating a thoroughly hackneyed statement about a matter of which he knows nothing whatever.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
hackneyed = writing that befits a hack writer; i.e., writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas

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