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 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 China may generously offer platitudes about peace but will try to avoid any kind of direct involvement, and Europe will find itself largely without leverage. Michael Kimmage and Hanna Notte, Foreign Affairs, 12 Oct. 2023 This is a ridiculous truism and a stupid platitude. Joe Snell, Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2023 An acid cleanse for healthy cynicism accrued over decades uncharitable to peace and love platitudes. Jeff Weiss, Spin, 21 Aug. 2023 But such statements are seen by many in Ukraine as platitudes. Kostiantyn Khudov, Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2023 The mice greet this with a shrug, mouth vague platitudes, and go on the talk-show circuit anyway. Ronan Farrow, The New Yorker, 21 Aug. 2023 The reality is that without unions, the good jobs strategy won’t rise much above the level of platitude. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 26 May 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 6 Dec. 2023.

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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