Platitude

Updated: Nov 25, 2020

Pronunciation: [ plat-i-tood ]


Definition: noun

a flat, dull, or trite remark, especially one uttered as if it were fresh or profound.

Origin: 1805; French


Etymology: from French, from plat ‘flat’

Usage:

Synonyms:

  • cliché

  • truism

  • commonplace

  • banality

  • old chestnut

  • bromide

  • inanity

Antonyms:

  • coinage

  • nuance

Example: He uniformly retreated to the safety of the platitude and commonplace.

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