platitude

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noun plat·i·tude \ˈpla-tə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Definition of platitude

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being dull or insipid

  2. 2 :  a banal, trite, or stale remark

Examples of platitude in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of platitude

French, from plat flat, dull


First Known Use: 1762


PLATITUDE Defined for English Language Learners

platitude

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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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