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Sunday, April 02, 2017

Definitions for platitude

  1. a flat, dull, or trite remark, especially one uttered as if it were fresh or profound.
  2. the quality or state of being flat, dull, or trite: the platitude of most political oratory.

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Citations for platitude
One of the most common platitudes we heard was that “words failed.” But words were not failing Teri and me at all.... [We] had plenty of language with which to talk to each other about the horror of what was happening, and talk we did. Aleksandar Hemon, "The Aquarium," The New Yorker, June 13 & 20, 2011
... he took refuge in the comforting platitude that the first six months were always the most difficult in marriage. "After that I suppose we shall have pretty nearly finished rubbing off each other's angles," he reflected. Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence, 1920
Origin of platitude
1805-1815
Platitude came to English from the French term literally meaning “flatness.” It entered English in the early 1800s.