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

Example Sentences

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 Her voice is warm and knowing, full of sisterly disclosures that veer into platitude. Annalisa Quinn,, 17 Nov. 2022 No comforting platitude can ease the pain of losing her. Emily Harrington, Outside Online, 10 Nov. 2022 That sentiment might sound like a platitude from a rich rock star. John Blake, CNN, 8 Nov. 2022 This feels like the kind of platitude that’s easy to believe yet impossible to prove. Karen Kaplanscience And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2022 From anyone else, that might have been a platitude the minute Vermeil walked away. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2022 But the annoying platitude that everything happens for a reason for Bibi proved accurate. Katie Bain, Billboard, 11 July 2022 This platitude has come to be a constant refrain on social media, as obnoxious and frequent as a car insurance commercial. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 23 June 2022 No politician may come and simply repeat the platitude of thoughts and prayers. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 25 May 2022 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Platitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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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