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 At a time when our country is more divided than ever, and when commencement speeches can seem like simple platitudes, Daniels’ advice rings true. Lynne Agress, Baltimore Sun, 17 June 2024 As Rhaenyra’s Black faction and Aegon’s Green slide slowly toward all-out civil war, House of the Dragon cements its place in George R. R. Martin’s dark universe by rejecting platitudes about honor and bravery that suffuse so many fantasy epics. Judy Berman, TIME, 16 June 2024 The sound reaches for modern but still feels a solid decade behind the times, forgoing the specificity and nuance that makes the musical style interesting in favor of bland crowd-pleasing platitudes. Wilson Chapman, IndieWire, 14 June 2024 In resurrecting the tradition of having previous winners introduce the acting categories, the ceremony found an excruciating mix of the poignant and the calculated, with some past winners saluting friends on a personal level and others delivering generic platitudes to total strangers. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 11 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for platitude 

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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 13 Jul. 2024.

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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