platitude

[ plat-i-tood ]

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Part of Speech

noun

Origin + Etymology

from French, from plat ‘flat’

Synonyms

  • cliché
  • truism
  • commonplace
  • banality
  • old chestnut
  • bromide
  • inanity

Antonyms

  • coinage
  • nuance

Definition

a flat, dull, or trite remark, especially one uttered as if it were fresh or profound

Example

He uniformly retreated to the safety of the platitude and commonplace.

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