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. noun
    a detail that is considered insignificant
    synonyms: technicality, trifle
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    type of:
    detail, item, point
    an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole
  2. noun
    something of small importance
    synonyms: small beer, trifle, trivia
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    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
  3. noun
    the quality of being unimportant and petty or frivolous
    synonyms: pettiness, puniness, slightness
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    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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