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 (plăt′ĭ-to͞od′, -tyo͞od′)
1. A trite or banal remark or statement, especially one expressed as if it were original or significant. See Synonyms at cliché.
2. Lack of originality; triteness: "a passage of platitude which no critical prejudgment can force us to admire" (Edgar Allan Poe).

[French, from plat, flat, from Old French; see plate.]

plat′i·tu′di·nous (-to͞od′n-əs, -tyo͞od′-), plat′i·tu′di·nal (-to͞od′n-əl, -tyo͞od′-) adj.
plat′i·tu′di·nous·ly adv.


characterized by banality or triteness


(ˌplæt ɪˈtud n əs, -ˈtyud-)

1. characterized by or given to platitudes.
2. of the nature of or resembling a platitude.
plat`i•tu′di•nous•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.platitudinal - dull and tiresome but with pretensions of significance or originality; "bromidic sermons"
unoriginal - not original; not being or productive of something fresh and unusual; "the manuscript contained unoriginal emendations"; "his life had been unoriginal, conforming completely to the given pattern"- Gwethalyn Graham


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