plat·i·tude (plătĭ-td′, -tyd′)
1. A trite or banal remark or statement, especially one expressed as if it were original or significant. See Synonyms at cliché.
2. Lack of originality; triteness: "a passage of platitude which no critical prejudgment can force us to admire" (Edgar Allan Poe).
[French, from plat, flat, from Old French; see PLATE.]
plat′i·tudi·nous (-tdn-əs, -tyd-), plat′i·tudi·nal (-tdn-əl, -tyd-) adj.
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