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Etymology 1Edit

From Latin trītus "worn out," a form of the verb terō (I wear away, wear out).


trite (comparative triter, superlative tritest)

  1. Often in reference to a word or phrase: used so many times that it is commonplace, or no longer interesting or effective; worn out, hackneyed.
    • 1897, W. B. Kimberly, History of West Australia : A Narrative of Her Past together with Biographies of Her Leading Men:
      It is a trite saying in a young country that anyone starting out in life with the determination to become wealthy will have his wish gratified.
    • 1994, Anthony Bergin, “The High Seas Regime – Pacific Trends and Developments”, in James Crawford; Donald R. Rothwell, editors, The Law of the Sea in the Asian Pacific Region: Developments and Prospects, Dordrecht: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, →ISBN, page 183:
      It is trite history – and trite law – to say that the law of the sea since that time [World War II] reflects a history of coastal State expansion.
    • 2007, Danielle Corsetto, Girls with Slingshots: 267:
      McPedro the cactus: How to woo a woman! On yehr fahrst date, don’t bring her cut flowers! That’s inhumane! And trite!
  2. (law) So well established as to be beyond debate: trite law.
    • 2017, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Taucar v Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, 2017 ONSC 2604:
      It is trite to say that the mere fact that a decision does not favour the applicant or that the applicant disagrees with the decision does not establish that the decision is tainted with bias.
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Etymology 2Edit

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trite (uncountable)

  1. A denomination of coinage in ancient Greece equivalent to one third of a stater.
  2. Trite, a genus of spiders, found in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, of the family Salticidae.

Further readingEdit





  1. Feminine plural form of trito





  1. vocative masculine singular of trītus


  • trite in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • trite in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette