platitude


plat·i·tude

noun \ˈpla-tə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

: a statement that expresses an idea that is not new

Full Definition of PLATITUDE

1
:  the quality or state of being dull or insipid
2
:  a banal, trite, or stale remark

Examples of PLATITUDE

  1. His speech was filled with familiar platitudes about the value of hard work and dedication.
  2. <blondes have more fun is a silly platitude>

Origin of PLATITUDE

French, from plat flat, dull
First Known Use: 1812

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: platitudinal
Previous Word in the Dictionary: platinum sponge
All Words Near: platitude

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up platitude? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More