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platitude (noun) (of comments, statements, etc.) often repeated and not of any interest.

You indulge in platitudes if you make statements that have been repeated a number of times and therefore are not interesting any more. Politicians are notorious for their platitudes, that is, the same statements repeated over and over again, so their speeches are not interesting.

  • Being the politician that he is, his speech was full of platitudes, like ‘I place the country and people’s welfare above mine.’ I came out in the middle of the speech unable to hear such hackneyed things any more.
  • ‘Deeds and not words are what count,’ said the speaker, and went on talking endlessly, repeating some more platitudes like that.
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