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(of a remark or statement) used too often to be interesting or thoughtful; hackneyed.‘this may sound platitudinous’
hackneyed, overworked, overused, clichéd, banal, trite, commonplace, stock, stereotyped, stereotypical, set, well worn, stale, tired, vapid, inane, unimaginative, unoriginal, derivative, vieux jeu, dull, flat, conventionalcorny, old hat, hackytruistic, bromidicView synonyms
- ‘Unfortunately, their occasionally forced and often platitudinous rhymes tend to sacrifice form for content, and usually lack the resonance of their many politically-minded counterparts.’
- ‘The tips are the same type of common sense platitudinous advice that columnists dispense on a regular basis.’
- ‘Ideas endlessly repeated and permutated become platitudinous, trite, meaningless.’
- ‘Well I can't think of a more platitudinous, cliché-ridden speech that I've read in several years.’
- ‘Both the words and the images articulate strong emotion with admirable economy and convey a sense of the preciousness of life without being sentimental, platitudinous or falsely hopeful.’
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