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

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Other Words from platitudinous

platitudinously adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "12 novels that changed the way we live," 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, "Bottom of the 9th: Sympathy for the Underdog," 6 Sep. 2019 This is about important substance, not platitudinous fluff. George Skelton,, "Villaraigosa is right, single-payer healthcare in California is a political pipe dream," 12 Mar. 2018 The film may be a vessel for some noxious, platitudinous cynicism, but there’s nevertheless something still quaint about it. Richard Lawson, HWD, "The Greatest Showman," 20 Dec. 2017 This business of saving for future generations is hokum and has become a platitudinous, self-righteous argument legislators use to further their own agendas. Alaska Dispatch News, "Readers write: Letters to the editor, June 29, 2017," 29 June 2017 Pointing up a disjunction between brutal news and unrelated advertising is familiar, even platitudinous. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Wade Guyton Packs Information in ‘The New York Times Paintings’," 5 Jan. 2017

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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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The first known use of platitudinous was in 1853

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23 May 2020

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“Platitudinous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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