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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.


in a platitudinal manner
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I also wanted them to be true--not platitudinously true like so much political or devotional poetry but to work assiduously toward grasping difficult fundamental truths of human existence.