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platitudinarian

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who habitually uses platitudes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who uses many platitudes in speaking or writing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One addicted to uttering platitudes, or stale and insipid truisms.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the nature of or characterized by platitude; given to the utterance of platitudes.
  • n. One who is addicted to or indulges in platitudes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a bore who makes excessive use of platitudes

Etymologies

platitudin(ous) + -arian.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
platitudinous +‎ -arian (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Any good platitudinarian will already have forestalled it.

    A Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago

  • The roots of each one of them are in platitude; the roots of every effective stage-play are in platitude; that a dramatist is inevitably a platitudinarian is itself a platitude double damned.

    Prejudices : first series,

  • Its sublimest flower is the American college president, well described by Dr. Veblen - a perambulating sycophant and platitudinarian, a gaudy mendicant and bounder, engaged all his life, not in the battle of ideas, the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge, but in the courting of rich donkeys and the entertainment of mobs ....

    Prejudices : first series,

  • We see, too, constantly, how thin is the barrier separating the chief Anglo-Saxon novelists and playwrights from the pasture of the platitudinarian.

    A Book of Prefaces

  • The archbishop, thinking to have a little fun with his guest, said, ` ` Of course, first of all, I must know what your church politics are: are you an attitudinarian, a latitudinarian, or a platitudinarian? ''

    [Autobiography of Andrew Dickson White

  • He was damped to the skin by Mary Ann's platitudinarian style of conversation.

    Merely Mary Ann

  • These products of social quackery are now buttressed by habit, fashion, prejudice, platitudinarian thinking, and new quackery in political economy and social science.

    What Social Classes Owe to Each Other

  • -- you have a respect for a political platitudinarian as insensible as an ox to everything he can't turn into political capital.

    Daniel Deronda

  • a platitudinarian peacefulness -- nay, a sort of beauty!

    Without Prejudice

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