Definition of platitude in English:


Syllabification: plat·i·tude
Pronunciation: /ˈplatiˌt(y)o͞od


  • 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, banality, old chestnut, bromide, inanity, banal/trite/hackneyed/stock phrase



Pronunciation: /ˌplatiˈt(y)o͞odnˌīz/
More 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'.

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