plat·​i·​tu·​di·​nous ˌpla-tə-ˈtüd-nəs How to pronounce platitudinous (audio)
: having the characteristics of a platitude : full of platitudes
platitudinous remarks
platitudinously adverb

Examples of platitudinous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The song that resulted in this frantic, logistically improbable session is stirring but callow, with a gospel-style chord progression that gives false weight to the platitudinous lyrics. Rob Tannenbaum, New York Times, 14 Feb. 2024 The collection of essays and case studies doesn’t make an explicit case for or against the office, or offer platitudinous architectural solutions (more lounges, more outdoor space). Curbed, 4 Jan. 2023 But that platitudinous jumble seems like an afterthought, an attempt to add thematic complexity to an American crime footnote rendered perplexingly dull. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 June 2023 But Trump wouldn’t parrot even these largely platitudinous policy goals. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 21 Feb. 2023 She’s been criticized for this unwillingness to hold to account someone with views that directly threaten his staff’s lives and livelihoods, and for her faintly platitudinous conclusion that food might be able to unite people divided by much more than physical borders. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 8 July 2020 The density of the later chapters, and their analytical heft, is a sharp contrast with the often platitudinous regurgitations of secondary literature which seem to dominate the sections on antiquity and the medieval period. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 25 June 2010 Such platitudinous rhetoric persists, of course, deadening the conversation instead of keeping it alive. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Jan. 2023 Smith’s memo sounded platitudinous, and was mostly ignored. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 13 June 2022

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Word History


platitude + -inous (as in multitudinous)

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of platitudinous was in 1853

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“Platitudinous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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