Definition of platitude
1 : the quality or state of being dull or insipid
2 : 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 of platitude from the Web
Neither Pence nor Trump directly addressed this issue in their remarks, which were largely platitudes about making America great again in space.
Rather than voicing general platitudes about the good of democracy and its potential impact on the world, Kennedy chose to take an aggressive stance in a city that had been violently divided by the Cold War.
There is press conference platitude, there is reported rumor, and then there is the practical reality of what teams actually do with their money.
Snapshot Laura Kipnis on the platitudes of middle age: This isn’t exactly scintillating stuff, and for women writers the ground is especially well trod.
Two platitude-laden speeches given Wednesday to celebrate the new astronaut corps highlighted that aspect.
Leave politics and platitudes about saving the planet aside, experts say, because the companies’ positions on the Paris accord boil down to their business interests.
His life was far more complicated than can be summed up in platitudes or words on a statue.
Director Steve Tomkins doesn’t minimize the platitudes, but this Village offering is dynamic, solidly performed and polished to a high sheen.
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Origin and Etymology of platitude
French, from plat flat, dull
First Known Use: 1762See Words from the same year
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Definition of platitude for English Language Learners
: a statement that expresses an idea that is not new
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