Definition of platitude in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈplatɪtjuːd/


A remark or statement, especially one with a moral content, that has been used too often to be interesting or thoughtful: she began uttering liberal platitudes
More example sentences
  • McDonnell's yet-to-be-delivered statement opens with self-serving platitudes and praise for the committee.
  • So says The Knife, who, as their name suggests, are not a conventional band content to offer vacuous platitudes served on a diet of mediocrity.
  • Gone are (some of) the moral platitudes, and in their place are actual critiques and questions.
cliché, truism, commonplace, hackneyed/trite/banal/overworked saying, banality, old chestnut;
bromide, inanity, tag



Pronunciation: /platɪˈtjuːdɪnʌɪz/
(also platitudinise) verb
Example sentences
  • This is the government which dares to platitudinise about democracy, freedom and human rights, even as it colludes in murder and terror of epic proportions.
  • So, you will understand if I withdraw myself from such disgusting platitudinising.


Early 19th century: from French, from plat 'flat'.

Words that rhyme with platitude

attitude, beatitude, gratitude, latitude

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Line breaks: plati|tude

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