platitude
[ plat-i-tood ]
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Part of Speechnoun
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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