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
Recent Examples on the Web That's not a platitude or some form of self-serving political correctness, as the data clearly shows. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "The public health scourge we don’t talk about nearly enough," 9 Apr. 2021 To make e pluribus unum more than a platitude is not only a political task but an economic one. Thomas Chatterton Williams, WSJ, "Beyond Black History Month," 26 Feb. 2021 Like many of the Boss' own lyrics, the narration was a heartfelt and earnest meditation on America that never crossed the line into platitude. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "2021 Super Bowl: 12 Best Commercials," 7 Feb. 2021 QAnon takes every platitude about the internet democratizing the media and marries it to the far more instrumental cult of the personal brand. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "QAnon and the Cultification of the American Right," 1 Feb. 2021 In our more secular age, Lincoln’s remark about the Bible may seem a mere platitude. Fergus M. Bordewich, WSJ, "‘A Holy Baptism of Fire & Blood’ Review: The Civil War’s Biblical Violence," 15 Jan. 2021 Some may call the song's sentiment a schmaltzy platitude at best and a cotton candy veil over the inherent darkness of politics at worst. Katie Bain, Billboard, "There Must Be Higher Love: The Significance of Biden’s Victory Speech Closing With a Kygo Track," 9 Nov. 2020 This ideal is not some musty platitude whose time has passed. Lawrence B. Solum, Star Tribune, "Judge Barrett is an originalist. That needn't make you afraid.," 19 Oct. 2020 The story above, told in endless iterations, has become something of a platitude in political rhetoric. David Harsanyi, National Review, "An American Tragedy," 3 Sep. 2020

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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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14 Apr 2021

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“Platitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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