[ plat-i-tood, -tyood ]
/ ˈplæt ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud /


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

1805–15; < French: literally, flatness, equivalent to plat flat (see plate1) + -itude, as in French latitude, altitude, magnitude, etc.

Can be confused

platitude plaudit Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for platitude


/ (ˈplætɪˌtjuːd) /


a trite, dull, or obvious remark or statement; a commonplace
staleness or insipidity of thought or language; triteness

Derived Forms

platitudinous, adjective

Word Origin for platitude

C19: from French, literally: flatness, from plat flat
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