follow Dictionary.com

Today's Word of the Day means...

platitude

[plat-i-tood, -tyood] /ˈplæt ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
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
1805-1815
1805-15; < French: literally, flatness, equivalent to plat flat (see plate1) + -itude, as in French latitude, altitude, magnitude, etc.
Can be confused
platitude, plaudit.
Synonyms
1. cliché, truism.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for platitude
  • 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.
  • These were platitudes dressed up as epiphanies to suit the populist mood.
  • The college coach offered one last, up-to-the-minute platitude.
  • It's a platitude that opera singers can't act.
  • Satisfying customers is not just another platitude.
  • Why must you throw in that trite platitude about the rich paying "their fair share".
British Dictionary definitions for platitude

platitude

/ˈplætɪˌtjuːd/
noun
1.
a trite, dull, or obvious remark or statement; a commonplace
2.
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
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for platitude

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for platitude

12
15
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with platitude