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Date: 1800-1900
Language: French
Origin: plat 'flat, dull'

platitude

noun
     
plat‧i‧tude [countable] formal
a statement that has been made many times before and is not interesting or clever - used to show disapproval:
His excuse was the platitude 'boys will be boys.'
platitudinous adjective

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