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platitude

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

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.

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Origin of platitude

First recorded in 1805–15; from French: literally, “flatness,” equivalent to plat “flat” (cf. plate1) + -itude -tude

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH platitude

platitude , plaudit
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British Dictionary definitions for platitude

platitude
/ (ˈplætɪˌtjuːd) /

noun

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

Derived forms of platitude

platitudinous, adjective

Word Origin for platitude

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