plat·​i·​tu·​di·​nous | \ ˌpla-tə-ˈtüd-nəs How to pronounce platitudinous (audio) , -ˈtyüd-; -ˈtü-də-nəs, -ˈtyü- \

Definition of platitudinous

: having the characteristics of a platitude : full of platitudes platitudinous remarks

Other Words from platitudinous

platitudinously adverb

Examples of platitudinous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Smith’s memo sounded platitudinous, and was mostly ignored. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 13 June 2022 In President Biden’s diffuse, platitudinous and often flat-out erroneous press conference of last week, one question stood out as potent and still awaits an answer. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, 25 Jan. 2022 Schwartz's message is platitudinous; that of Page and Kashkari is preposterous. Gary Marvin Davison, Star Tribune, 6 May 2021 As the Portuguese novelist José Saramago does, Galgut outsources his storytelling, handing off a phrase or an insight to an indistinct community of what seem to be wise elders, who then produce an ironically platitudinous or proverbial commentary. James Wood, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2021 The admirable—if platitudinous—idea quickly has been perverted to mean that businesses ought to obey orders from the progressive elite, regardless of how thin its connection to any company may be. Andrew V. Abela, WSJ, 26 Nov. 2020 Here all the liturgical phrases of the 19th-century religion of progress, which had seemed hollow and platitudinous to a young man growing up in America in detestation of the Sunday supplements, rang true. John Dos Passos, National Review, 28 Sep. 2020 Catch-22’ did for the military life — displays it as farce, a melee of blunderers laboring to murky purpose under corrupt and platitudinous superiors. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 7 May 2020 Sonny’s Everyman tale revives the hope that cinema might still be a popular art form, even as the movie year heads into its ugliest, platitudinous, awards-grubbing phase. Armond White, National Review, 6 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of platitudinous

1853, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for platitudinous

platitude + -inous (as in multitudinous)

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17 Jun 2022

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“Platitudinous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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