from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A trite or banal remark or statement, especially one expressed as if it were original or significant. See Synonyms at cliché.
- n. Lack of originality; triteness.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An often-quoted saying that is supposed to be meaningful but has become unoriginal or hackneyed through overuse; a cliché.
- n. Unoriginality; triteness.
- n. A claim that is trivially true, to the point of being uninteresting.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being flat, thin, or insipid; flat commonness; triteness; staleness of ideas of language.
- n. A thought or remark which is flat, dull, trite, or weak; a truism; a commonplace.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Flatness; dullness; insipidity of thought; triteness.
- n. A trite, dull, or stupid remark; especially, such a remark uttered as if it were a novelty; a truism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a trite or obvious remark
Thinking man's therapy, about philosophical counselors and their bringing eternal wisdom to bear on mental health problems, I was reminded that many years ago Patricia Pliner, a professor friend of mine, and I invented what we called platitude therapy.
And that ridiculous platitude is literally everything you need to know about Sarah Palin.
Besides, as your able Ambassador in Washington, Hume Wrong, said the other day, a platitude is but a "frozen truth" which must be repeated from time to time.
The platitude is this, in the modern world peace and prosperity are indivisible.
Morley once warned the Emersonians that a platitude is not transformed into a profundity by being dressed up as a conundrum.
During the last century the thesis that language is essentially conventional has played a central role within philosophy of language, and has even been called a platitude (Lewis 1969).
And, strictly speaking, a platitude is a “banal, trite, or stale remark” Merriam-Webster.com.
Compared with this creative statesmanship, the administering of a routine or the battle for a platitude is a very simple affair.
The platitude was the best that I could muster to my tongue.
What I mean by a platitude is a truth so obvious that it is devoid of inspiration, and has become one of the things that every one does so instinctively, that no reminder of them is necessary.