Complete Definition of "platitude"

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was wotd|2007|January|8
English

Etymology
From F., from OF. plat âflatâ.

Pronunciation
IPA|/ËplætɪtjuËd/ or /ËplætɪtuËd/
audio|en-us-platitude.ogg|Audio (US)

Noun
en-noun

  1. An often-quoted saying that is supposed to be meaningful but has become unoriginal or hackneyed through overuse; a cliché.
  2. unoriginality|Unoriginality; triteness.
Quotations
1855â1857 â w:Charles Dickens|Charles Dickens, s:Little Dorrit|Little Dorrit, Book I, ch 34
1918 â w:Algernon Blackwood|Algernon Blackwood, s:The Garden of Survival|The Garden of Survival, ch XI
1941 â w:Arthur K. Barnes|Arthur K. Barnes, s:Trouble on titan|Trouble on Titan, ch II
1946 â w:Paramahansa Yogananda|Paramahansa Yogananda, s:Autobiography of a Yogi|Autobiography of a Yogi, Ch. 15
1988 â w:Ronald Reagan|Ronald Reagan, s:Presidential Radio Address - 20 August 1988|Presidential Radio Address, 20 August

Translations
trans-top|often-quoted saying
Dutch: #Dutch|platitude, cliché#Dutch|cliché
German: Plattitüde f
trans-mid
Spanish: perogrullada, tópico
Swedish: plattityd
trans-bottom

trans-top|triteness
Dutch: #Dutch|platitude, cliché#Dutch|cliché
German: Plattitüde f
trans-mid
Spanish: obviedad
Swedish: banalitet
trans-bottom


Dutch

Pronunciation
IPA|/plÉtiËtydÉ/

Etymology
From F.|nl, from OF.|nl plat âflatâ.

Noun
nl-noun|g=f|platitudes|platituudje

  1. #English|Platitude, cliché.

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