triviality

Triviality is a quality of being unimportant or insignificant. You might dislike most reality TV shows because of their triviality, preferring to watch documentaries about serious subjects.

You can also use the word triviality to mean an unimportant detail: "Let's discuss world peace instead of focusing on trivialities like what's for lunch or which celebrities are getting divorced!" It comes from the Latin word trivium, which means "commonplace," but also "crossroads." Literally, it's a combination of tri, or "three," and via, "road." Hence, a trivium is an oh-so-ordinary "place where three roads meet."

Definitions of triviality
1

n a detail that is considered insignificant

Synonyms:
technicality, trifle
Type of:
detail, item, point
an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole

n something of small importance

Synonyms:
small beer, trifle, trivia
Types:
bagatelle, fluff, frippery, frivolity
something of little value or significance
Type of:
object, physical object
a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow

n the quality of being unimportant and petty or frivolous

Synonyms:
pettiness, puniness, slightness
Types:
joke
a triviality not to be taken seriously
Type of:
unimportance
the quality of not being important or worthy of note

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