plat·​i·​tude ˈpla-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce platitude (audio)
: the quality or state of being dull or insipid
: a banal, trite, or stale remark

Examples of platitude in a Sentence

His speech was filled with familiar platitudes about the value of hard work and dedication. “blondes have more fun” is a silly platitude
Recent Examples on the Web This isn’t the time for platitudes and promises for the future. Christian Datoc, Washington Examiner, 8 Jan. 2024 That may seem like a catch-all corporate platitude, but Masicka truly does embody the ever-evolving spectrum of Black music. Kyle Denis, Billboard, 8 Dec. 2023 The writing is trite and uses platitudes to explain situations, rather than delving into the emotional experience of the author. Rekha Tenjarla, Washington Post, 8 Jan. 2024 The evening included the usual sweet platitudes about the power and importance of art. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2023 The Marvels is an orgy of intersectional Disney/MCU platitudes. Armond White, National Review, 22 Nov. 2023 Usually, the platitudes go unchallenged, but, for Gaither, the civil-rights movement posed actual stakes. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, 11 Nov. 2023 We were inspired to see two business leaders taking up the cause — not with platitudes, but with practical solutions. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Nov. 2023 In recent weeks, China has ramped up its appeals to halt the Israel-Gaza war, a show of diplomatic bustle laden with humanitarian platitudes but light on substantive proposals for achieving a cease-fire. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, 21 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


French, from plat flat, dull

First Known Use

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of platitude was in 1762

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“Platitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


plat·​i·​tude ˈplat-ə-ˌt(y)üd How to pronounce platitude (audio)
: the quality or state of being dull or not stimulating
: an obvious, stale, or shallow remark

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