platitude

[plat-i-tood, -tyood]
noun
1.
a flat, dull, or trite remark, especially one uttered as if it were fresh or profound.
2.
the quality or state of being flat, dull, or trite: the platitude of most political oratory.

Origin:
1805–15; < French: literally, flatness, equivalent to plat flat (see plate1) + -itude, as in French latitude, altitude, magnitude, etc.

platitude, plaudit.


1. cliché, truism.
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platitude (ˈplætɪˌtjuːd)
 
n
1.  a trite, dull, or obvious remark or statement; a commonplace
2.  staleness or insipidity of thought or language; triteness
 
[C19: from French, literally: flatness, from plat flat]
 
plati'tudinous
 
adj

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platitude
1812, "dullness," from Fr. platitude "flatness, vapidness" (1694), from O.Fr. plat "flat" (see plate); formed on analogy of latitude, attitude, etc. Meaning "a flat, dull, or commonplace remark" is recorded from 1815.
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Example sentences
Mostly, these questionnaires are platitude- and cliché-ridden.
Soon, at least in some cases, that old courtroom platitude may itself come to
  resemble the truth more closely.
Unfortunately, however, the platitude represents truth.
Each person bids her farewell with a platitude.
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