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[plat-i-tood-n-uh s, -tyood-] /ˌplæt ɪˈtud n əs, -ˈtyud-/
characterized by or given to platitudes.
of the nature of or resembling a platitude.
Origin of platitudinous
1855-60; platitude + -inous (see platitudinal, -ous)
Related forms
platitudinously, adverb
platitudinousness, noun
nonplatitudinous, adjective
nonplatitudinously, adverb
unplatitudinous, adjective
unplatitudinously, adverb
unplatitudinousness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • These sentiments have to the modern ear a platitudinous ring.

  • This mild, platitudinous rebuke came when all the damage was done.

    Australian Writers

    Desmond Byrne
  • It was a period of the flat, stale, platitudinous, and bourgeois.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • All this is so platitudinous that I feel ashamed to write it; but then, how can one avoid platitudes without avoiding truth?

    Creative Intelligence John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
  • Nevertheless Martin liked him better than the platitudinous bank cashier.

    Martin Eden Jack London
  • That statement isn't in reality as platitudinous as it seems at first thought.

  • He winced, but Joan rattled on with the platitudinous originality of youth.

    Adventure Jack London
  • The statement frequently heard that "human nature is human nature" is only a platitudinous half-truth.


    William J. Robinson
  • He had a confused realization of platitudinous adieus, of a silly formality of speech, and he found himself in the hall.

    Jason Justus Miles Forman

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