What does the word platitude mean?

Usage examples for platitude

  1. They ventured a platitude about the beautiful Indian summer weather and labored out a ponderous joke or two about such a bad- tempered man having such a good- looking wife- for which I despised them all. – The Prairie Wife by Arthur Stringer
  2. And as to the House, which often suffers From talk that to dreariest platitude reaches, It does not often allow its duffers To make long after- dinner speeches. – Mr-Punch-s-After-Dinner-Stories by Hammerton, John Alexander, Sir
  3. Were not his wife and daughters more than half suspected of being Jacobites, followers of the Reverend Mr. Platitude, and addicted to 'Charley o'er the Waterism'? – Lavengro The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest by George Borrow