Try Our Apps


Gobble up these 8 terms for eating


[plat-i-tood, -tyood] /ˈplæt ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
a flat, dull, or trite remark, especially one uttered as if it were fresh or profound.
the quality or state of being flat, dull, or trite:
the platitude of most political oratory.
Origin of platitude
1805-15; < French: literally, flatness, equivalent to plat flat (see plate1) + -itude, as in French latitude, altitude, magnitude, etc.
Can be confused
platitude, plaudit.
1. cliché, truism. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for platitude
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • In daily life many of these carefully recorded passages have an air of platitude, at which no wonder the Edinburgh Review laughed.

  • To a Frenchman, everything is a platitude that is not a paradox.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • Henry Greech hastily abandoned simile and fell back on platitude and the safer kinds of fact.

  • A platitude that nobody has expressed and that nobody has acted on is a great truth.

    The Ghost in the White House Gerald Stanley Lee
  • Assuredly they are not—in utter stolidity of platitude and absolute impotence of drivel.

    The Age of Shakespeare Algernon Charles Swinburne
  • It is tolerated to-day for no other reason than that it has cornered the platitude market.

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht
  • It is a platitude to say that authors are as much affected as other men by the atmosphere which they breathe.

    The Age of Pope John Dennis
British Dictionary definitions for platitude


a trite, dull, or obvious remark or statement; a commonplace
staleness or insipidity of thought or language; triteness
Derived Forms
platitudinous, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from French, literally: flatness, from plat flat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for platitude

1812, "dullness," from French platitude "flatness, vapidness" (late 17c.), from Old French plat "flat" (see plateau (n.)); formed on analogy of latitude, etc. Meaning "a flat, dull, or commonplace remark" is recorded from 1815. Related: Platitudinous. Hence platitudinarian (n.), 1855; platitudinize (1867).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for platitude

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for platitude