platitude

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French, from Old French platflat’.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈplætɪtjuːd/, /ˈplætɪtuːd/
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Noun[edit]

platitude (plural platitudes)

  1. An often-quoted saying that is supposed to be meaningful but has become unoriginal or hackneyed through overuse; a cliché.
  2. Unoriginality; triteness.
    • 1922, Michael Arlen, chapter 2/1/2, “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days[1]:
      Semiramis was the first woman to invent eunuchs and women have had sympathy for them ever since; [] and women can tell them what they can't tell other men. And Ivor, suddenly cheered by laughing at his absurd platitudes, and finding himself by the door, was going from the room.
  3. A claim that is trivially true, to the point of being uninteresting.

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Etymology[edit]

From French, from Old French platflat’.

Noun[edit]

platitude f (plural platitudes, diminutive platitudetje n)

  1. platitude, cliché