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platitude

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Definition a commonly repeated or obvious remark made as though it was insightful or instructive
  • She sprinkled her remarks with the usual political platitudes that are guaranteed to be popular with both parties.
platitudes = commonly repeated or obvious remarks made as though they are insightful or instructive
  • When I try to put it into words, it comes out one of those ... platitudes at which Bishops are expected to excel.
    Margaret Craven  --  I Heard the Owl Call My Name
  • platitudes = commonly repeated or obvious remarks made as though they are insightful or instructive
  • So you see, when I say that I understand what it is to have your home become an unbearable place I am not just spouting platitudes.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • platitudes = commonly repeated or obvious remarks
  • My platitudes don't hold their interest and I can hardly blame them for that.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • platitudes = commonly repeated or obvious remarks made as though they are insightful or instructive
  • Instead of easy platitudes like Let them eat when they want to eat and You can't hold a baby too much, she should have been telling them...
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • platitudes = commonly repeated or obvious remarks made as though they are insightful or instructive
  • In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude.
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • platitude = a commonly repeated or obvious remark made as though it was insightful or instructive
  • Or did they want platitudes?
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • platitudes = commonly repeated or obvious remarks made as though they are insightful or instructive
  • How many times, when I presided over a funeral, had mourners delivered the usual well-meaning platitudes: "Well, she's in a better place," or "We know he's looking down on us, smiling," or "You'll see him again."
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • platitudes = commonly repeated remarks made as though they are insightful or instructive
  • I'd be screaming at them, telling them how much I detested their blind, thoughtless, automatic acquiescence to it all, their simple-minded patriotism, their prideful ignorance, their love-it-or-leave-it platitudes, how they were sending me off to fight a war they didn't understand and didn't want to understand.
    Tim O'Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • platitudes = commonly repeated or obvious remarks made as though they are insightful or instructive
  • In teachers' manuals, in the platitudes muttered by educators, in school boards, in the community, and most significantly, in myself.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Because—isn't it drilled into us constantly, from childhood on, an unquestioned platitude in the culture —?
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • "More platitudes," Eugenides said.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • Dudorov's pious platitudes were in the spirit of the times.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • It was not a list of pleasing platitudes to be set lightly aside when expediency required it.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • We call it War, and pass it by—but do not put me off with platitudes and conventions—come with me, come with me—realize it!
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Poor Isabel was doubtless not aware that many women would have uttered graceful platitudes to cover the working of their observation.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • It's a hypnopaedic platitude.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Now, don't ever waste my time with such sentimental platitudes again.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Even for his classroom he had no platitudes, no stock of professorial anecdotes.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • There is no more dangerous gift to posterity than a few cleverly turned platitudes.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise

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