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trite / trīt/ • adj. (of a remark, opinion, or idea) overused and consequently of little import; lacking originality or freshness: this point may now seem obvious and trite. DERIVATIVES: trite·ly adv. trite·ness n. ORIGIN: mid 16th cent.: from Latin tritus, past participle of terere ‘to rub.’