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Definition of Platitude


  1. The quality or state of being flat, thin, or insipid; flat commonness; triteness; staleness of ideas of language.
  2. A thought or remark which is flat, dull, trite, or weak; a truism; a commonplace.

Platitude Quotations

A life-threatening illness or two certainly gives you an awareness of your own mortality. It heightens your sense of gratitude for things that previously, if you've not taken them for granted, you perhaps never appreciated how precious they were. That's almost a platitude, but one has to state the obvious.
Norman Foster

In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude. It makes the whole world kin.
Oscar Wilde

A platitude is simply a truth repeated till people get tired of hearing it.
Stanley Baldwin

Platitude: an idea (a) that is admitted to be true by everyone, and (b) that is not true.
H. L. Mencken

The art of newspaper paragraphing is to stroke a platitude until it purrs like an epigram.
Don Marquis
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Platitude Translations

platitude in Swedish is banalitet
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