- a flat, dull, or trite remark, especially one uttered as if it were fresh or profound.
- the quality or state of being flat, dull, or trite: the platitude of most political oratory.
Origin of platitude
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Examples from the Web for platitude
Morning talk shows should be a doddle for a President: softball questions easily answered with a platitude or three.‘Michelle Will Not Run For Office’: Obama's Daytime TV Confessional
May 30, 2014
But how does one square his platitude with the reality of his situation?March on Washington in 1963 Was Truly Militant, Despite Portrayals
August 26, 2013
I thought this was a kind of platitude, but she corrected me.Terrorists Kidnap a Hero
May 10, 2010
To a Frenchman, everything is a platitude that is not a paradox.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
A platitude that nobody has expressed and that nobody has acted on is a great truth.The Ghost in the White House
Gerald Stanley Lee
It is tolerated to-day for no other reason than that it has cornered the platitude market.Erik Dorn
When I awoke from my reverie the Reverend Mr. Platitude was quitting the apartment.
Mr. Platitude was filled with wrath, and abused Dissenters in most unmeasured terms.
- a trite, dull, or obvious remark or statement; a commonplace
- staleness or insipidity of thought or language; triteness
Word Origin and History for platitude
1812, "dullness," from French platitude "flatness, vapidness" (late 17c.), from Old French plat "flat" (see plateau (n.)); formed on analogy of latitude, etc. Meaning "a flat, dull, or commonplace remark" is recorded from 1815. Related: Platitudinous. Hence platitudinarian (n.), 1855; platitudinize (1867).