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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Cliches'

Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Cliches'

A cliché or cliche (pronounced UK: /ˈkliːʃeɪ/, US: /klɪˈʃeɪ/) is an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has been overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect, "played out", rendering it a stereotype, especially when at some earlier time it was considered meaningful or novel. The term is frequently used in modern culture for an action or idea which is expected or predictable, based on a prior event. It is likely to be used pejoratively. But "clichés" are not always false or inaccurate; A cliché may sometimes be used in a work of fiction for comedic effect.

Most phrases now considered clichéd were originally regarded as being striking, but they lost their force through overuse.

A spoken or written cliché is often a vivid depiction of an abstract matter that works by means of analogy or exaggeration. The picture used is usually drawn from everyday experience so that the recipient most probably can relate to the depiction by tentatively querying their reaction to what is conveyed in the picture. When used sparingly and deliberately, a cliché can be used to great poetic effect. However, cliché in writing is generally considered a mark of inexperience or unoriginality.

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  • City still mobbed with gangster cliches
    The bus idled in front of the so-called rock 'n' roll McDonald's across Clark Street from the Rainforest Cafe, and the tourists climbed aboard. You assumed they were tourists, because who else would be spending two hours of a splendid, sunny weekday afternoon riding around the city and seeking what's left of the glory and gore of gangsterdom? Read more on this news related to 'Cliches'
  • Grieves busts rap cliches
    Rapper Benjamin Laub, who will play the Magic Stick on Wednesday, says he doesn't care about 'the whole cliché rap, money-drugs-guns-women kind of thing.' Read more on this news related to 'Cliches'

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