- Platitude is a remark in speech or writing that is overused and has no originality.
An example of platitude is saying "break a leg."
platitude definition by Webster's New World
- a commonplace, flat, or dull quality, as in speech or writing
- a commonplace or trite remark, esp. one uttered as if it were fresh or original
Origin: French ; from Old French plat, flat (see plate), influenced, influence by latitude, rectitude
platitude definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A trite or banal remark or statement, especially one expressed as if it were original or significant. See Synonyms at cliché.
- Lack of originality; triteness.
Origin: French, from plat, flat, from Old French; see plate.
- platˌi·tuˈdi·nous , platˌi·tuˈdi·nal adjective
- platˌi·tuˈdi·nous·ly adverb