Platitude is a remark in speech or writing that is overused and has no originality.
An example of platitude is saying "break a leg."
- 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 of platitudeFrench from Old French plat, flat (see plate), influenced, influence by latitude, rectitude
- 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: “a passage of platitude which no critical prejudgment can force us to admire” ( Edgar Allan Poe )
Origin of platitudeFrench from plat flat from Old French; see plate .
- plat′i·tu′di·nous plat′i·tu′di·nal