plat·​i·​tude | \ ˈpla-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce platitude (audio) , -ˌtyüd\

Definition of platitude

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

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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

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But when answers weren’t close at hand, O’Rourke veered off into platitudes and campaign trail themes. Katie Palmer, Quartz, "The most important takeaways from the Democrats’ climate town hall," 5 Sep. 2019 Waller dispensed with the usual platitudes and pleasantries, hammering home his ideas for solving Mississippi’s most glaring problems and sounding almost liberal at times. Bob Moser, The New Yorker, "Mississippi’s Race for Governor Tests the Limits of Conservatism," 2 Aug. 2019 In such a scenario ex-players are expected to offer up platitudes rather than philosophies of human existence. Alexander Thomas, Quartz, "The problem with wanting to reverse aging that no one talks about," 30 Aug. 2019 If this was the NFL, or almost any other sports league, there would be hemming and hawing, lawyers involved, delays, obfuscation, platitudes, denials. Ann Killion,, "Pacific Ocean? It’s the NBA and all its offseason drama that remains undefeated," 17 June 2019 If the international community refuses to exchange platitudes for swift action, the Islamic State’s genocidal campaign against Yazidis will prevail. Nadia Murad, Twin Cities, "Nadia Murad: The genocide against the Yazidi continues," 4 Aug. 2019 Deborah Frances-White’s screenplay relies on the recurrent mention of Mary’s multiple identities to force-feed these platitudes., "Reviews: Jim Gaffigan doubles up in ‘Being Frank’; Jack Quaid is ‘Plus One’; and more," 13 June 2019 Few platitudes are as simultaneously obvious and in constant need of reiteration. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Jirga’ asks if atonement for war sins is possible," 1 Aug. 2019 Kliff Kingsbury doesn't seem to be one for platitudes. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Subtle differences at Cardinals training camp mark the start of the Kliff Kingsbury era," 28 July 2019

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First Known Use of platitude

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for platitude

French, from plat flat, dull

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The first known use of platitude was in 1762

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English Language Learners Definition of platitude

disapproving : a statement that expresses an idea that is not new

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