from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A vapid or meaningless remark; a commonplace; nonsense.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An insipid or trifling thought or expression; a commonplace.


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  • I felt a certain self-complacency, a certain presentiment of your satisfaction in seeing your collection swelling into something really worth while; and having the pen in my hand to write to you, I was on the point of putting on the paper some such/fadaise/as this: 'It was a capital thought in me, dearest Helen, the making of this collection for you.

    Letters and Memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle

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  • JM is constantly grappling with his tendency to utter fadaises.

    February 1, 2009

  • An obvious or silly remark.

    May 16, 2008