trite´ness

trite´ness
trite «tryt», adjective, trit|er, trit|est.
worn out by constant use or repetition; no longer new or interesting; commonplace; hackneyed: »

“Cheeks like roses” is a trite expression.

SYNONYM(S): stereotyped, banal, stale.
[< Latin trītus, past participle of terere to rub]
trite´ly, adverb.
trite´ness, noun.

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