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cli·ché

also cli·che  (klē-shā′)
n.
1. A trite or overused expression or idea: "Even while the phrase was degenerating to cliché in ordinary public use ... scholars were giving it increasing attention" (Anthony Brandt).
2. A person or character whose behavior is predictable or superficial: "There is a young explorer ... who turns out not to be quite the cliche expected" (John Crowley).
adj.
Clichéd.

[French, past participle of clicher, to stereotype (imitative of the sound made when the matrix is dropped into molten metal to make a stereotype plate).]
Synonyms: cliché, bromide, platitude, truism
These nouns denote an expression or idea that has lost its originality or force through overuse: a short story weakened by clichés; the bromide that we are what we eat; a eulogy full of platitudes; a once-original thought that is now a truism.

cliché

(ˈkliːʃeɪ)
n
1. (Linguistics) a word or expression that has lost much of its force through overexposure, as for example the phrase: it's got to get worse before it gets better.
2. an idea, action, or habit that has become trite from overuse
3. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing chiefly Brit a stereotype or electrotype plate
[C19: from French, from clicher to stereotype; imitative of the sound made by the matrix when it is dropped into molten metal]
ˈclichéd, ˈcliché'd adj

cli•ché

or cli•che

(kliˈʃeɪ, klɪ-)

n.
1. a trite, stereotyped expression, as sadder but wiser, or strong as an ox.
2. a trite or hackneyed plot, character development, use of form, musical style, etc.
3. anything that has become trite or commonplace through overuse.
adj.
4. clichéd.
[1825–35; < French: stereotype plate, stencil, cliché, n. use of past participle of clicher to make such a plate, said to be imitative of the sound of the metal pressed against the matrix]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cliche - a trite or obvious remark
comment, remark, input - a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information; "from time to time she contributed a personal comment on his account"
truism - an obvious truth

cliché

noun platitude, stereotype, commonplace, banality, truism, bromide, old saw, hackneyed phrase, chestnut (informal) I've learned that the cliché about life not being fair is true.

cliché

noun
A trite expression or idea:
Translations
كليشيه: عِبارَه مُتَكَرِّرَه
klišéfráze
clichéfloskel
kliseelatteus
clichélieu communrebattutarte à la crème
kliše
klisja, tugga
clişeu
basmakalıp sözklişe

cliché

[ˈkliːʃeɪ] Ncliché m, tópico m

cliché

[ˈkliːʃeɪ] ncliché m

cliché

nKlischee nt; cliché-riddenvoller Klischees

cliché

[ˈkliːʃeɪ] ncliché m inv

cliché

(ˈkliːʃei) , ((American) kli:ˈʃei) noun
a phrase which has been used too often, and has become meaningless.
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