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Nov 15, 2007
This week's theme
Words to describe people

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mystagogue
patrician
recalcitrant
platitudinarian
macroscian

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platitudinarian

(plat-i-tood-n-AR-ee-uhn, -tyood-)

noun: One who utters platitudes or trite remarks.

From French plat (flat). Ultimately from the Indo-European root plat- (to spread), which is also the root of flat, to flatter, plan, plant, plantain, plateau, plaza, platinum, supplant, and transplant. Earliest documented use: 1854.

“Her successor, Livingston Biddle, was a platitudinarian, who to this day likes to expatiate on his slogan that ‘the arts mean excellence’; one need only listen to him for two minutes to cease believing in art and excellence both.”
Joseph Epstein; What to Do About the Arts; Commentary; Apr 1995.

See more usage examples of platitudinarian in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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