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Definition lacking impact — typically because it is common or overused
  • I know it sounds trite, but I love her; and that changes everything.
trite = lacking impact — typically because it is common or overused
  • the trite metaphor "quick as a rabbit"
  • I found her more interesting than her little problem, which, by the way, is rather a trite one.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. The trite subjects of human efforts, possessions, outward success, luxury have always seemed to me contemptible.
    Albert Einstein
  • For it is an observation, as true as it is trite, that there is nothing men differ so readily about as the payment of money.
    Hamilton, Alexander  --  Federalist Papers Authored by Alexander Hamilton
  • I know it sounds trite considering all that you two have been through, but she needs a friend right now.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • trite = lacking impact
  • I ... tried to work on a second letter to Jacob Marcus, but everything I tried to write sounded wrong, or trite, or like a lie.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • trite = hackneyed or unoriginal and uninteresting (overly familiar through overuse)
  • If you'll curtail your literary pursuits a moment I'll introduce you to my counterpart and Nemesis; I would be trite and say, 'to my better half,'
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • trite = overfamiliar through overuse (stale, banal, hackneyed)
  • And do not let any one impugn this statement with the trite proverb that "He who builds on the people, builds on the mud," for...
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • trite = lacking impact because it is overused
  • My own speculations were trite in comparison.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • trite = overly familiar
  • That was true no matter how trite it sounded.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • trite = without impact (lacking anything unusual or interesting)
  • Without the grounding reality, it's just a trite bit of puffery, pure Hollywood, untrue in the way all such stories are untrue.
    Tim O'Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • trite = commonly used
  • I found her more interesting than her little problem, which, by the way, is rather a trite one.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • trite = small (lacking impact or uninteresting)
  • Few people realized that anagrams, despite being a trite modern amusement, had a rich history of sacred symbolism.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • trite = lacking impact because they are so familiar
  • Because it was an ending, no matter what Eric, the valedictorian, had to say about commencement meaning "beginning" and all the rest of the trite nonsense.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • trite = lacking impact
  • Even the lessons were commonplace. It hurts to be shot. Dead men are heavy. Don't seek trouble, it'll find you soon enough. ... These were hard lessons, true, but they were lessons of ignorance; ignorant men, trite truths.
    Tim O'Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • trite = lacking impact — because it is so well known or heard
  • "What about you?" he said. "What's your favorite word?"
    She put on her idiot face. "Gosh oh golly, there are so many! Let's see. 'Vacation.' Jackpot.' Then there's 'free.' Sale.' Bargain.' You know, the usual."
    He had laughed throughout, and she felt pleased. "Seriously," he said. "What?"
    Seriously? She plucked at what surfaced in her mind, but they sounded trite: peace, love, happiness.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter's Daughter
  • trite = lacking impact — typically because it is common or overused
  • his remarks were trite and commonplace
  • "Take your pens and commence writing," said I, in as dry and trite a voice as if I had been addressing only Jules Vanderkelkov and Co.
    Bronte, Charlotte  --  The Professor
  • But I didn't think it would be some trite human thing... prom!
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight

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