Platitude
Platitude Plat"i*tude, n. [F., from plat flat. See {Plate}.] 1. The quality or state of being flat, thin, or insipid; flat commonness; triteness; staleness of ideas of language. [1913 Webster]

To hammer one golden grain of wit into a sheet of infinite platitude. --Motley. [1913 Webster]

2. A thought or remark which is flat, dull, trite, or weak; a truism; a commonplace. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • platitude — [ platityd ] n. f. • 1694; de 1. plat 1 ♦ Caractère de ce qui est plat, sans originalité. ⇒ médiocrité. « Le monde est voué sans appel à la platitude, à la médiocrité » (Renan). ♢ UNE PLATITUDE. ⇒ banalité, fadaise. Débiter des platitudes. « une… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • platitude — [plat′ə to͞od΄, plat′ətyo͞od΄] n. [Fr < OFr plat, flat (see PLATE), infl. by latitude, rectitude] 1. a commonplace, flat, or dull quality, as in speech or writing 2. a commonplace or trite remark, esp. one uttered as if it were fresh or… …   English World dictionary

  • platitude — (n.) 1812, dullness, from Fr. platitude flatness, vapidness (late 17c.), from O.Fr. plat flat (see PLATE (Cf. plate)); formed on analogy of latitude, attitude, etc. Meaning a flat, dull, or commonplace remark is recorded from 1815. Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • platitude — s. f. 1.  [Galicismo] Falta de originalidade, banalidade. 2.  [Figurado] Sensaboria, trivialidade. 3. Vulgaridade. 4. Monotonia, uniformidade.   ‣ Etimologia: francês platitude …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • platitude — Platitude. s. f. Ce qui fait qu une chose est platte. Il n a d usage qu en parlant de discours, de style, des productions d esprit, &c. Tout ce qu il escrit, tout ce qu il dit est d une grande platitude …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Platitude — (franz., spr. tǖd ), Plattheit …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Platitude — (frz., spr. tühd), Plattheit (im Ausdruck) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Platitude — (–tühd), frz., Gemeinheit …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • platitude — noun absence of meaning, banality, cliche, commonplace expression, commonplace idea, commonplace phrase, dearth of ideas, dull comment, flat saying, hackneyed expression, hackneyed idea, hackneyed phrase, hackneyed saying, inanity, insipid remark …   Law dictionary

  • platitude — *commonplace, truism, bromide, cliché Analogous words: banality, inanity, vapidity, insipidity (see corresponding adjectives at INSIPID): mawkishness, sentimentality (see corresponding adjectives at SENTIMENTAL) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”