platitude

Part of speech: noun

Dulness.

Part of speech: noun

A flat commonplace statement.

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Usage examples "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", 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", 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", George Borrow.