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- 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"
- 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"
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)
These nouns denote an expression or idea that has lost its originality or force through overuse:
a short story weakened by clichés; the old bromide that we are what we eat; uttered the commonplace "welcome aboard"; a eulogy full of platitudes; a once-original thought that has become a truism.