commonplace


commonplace
commonplace n Commonplace, platitude, truism, bromide, cliche mean an idea or expression lacking in originality or freshness.
A commonplace is a stock idea or expression which is frequently little more than the obvious, conventional, and easy thing to think or say on a given subject
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the machinery as well as the characters of those novels became the commonplaces of later romancers— Raleigh

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the superficial commonplaces which pass as axioms in our popular intellectual milieu— Cohen

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Platitude adds to commonplace the suggestions of flatness or triteness and, often, utterance with an air of importance or novelty
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what is that sentimental platitude of somebody's . . . about the sun being to flowers what art is to life?— Hewlett

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traditional schoolbook platitudes and campaign slogans— Frankfurter

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A truism is a self-evident truth; it differs from an axiom (see axiom at PRINCIPLE) in frequently implying a somewhat superfluous insistence upon the obvious
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Pope's palpable truism "The proper study of mankind is man"

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it is a truism that a sound society makes for sound individuals— Day Lewis

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Bromide applies to a commonplace, platitude, or truism that strikes the listener or reader as especially dull or hackneyed and, often, as an evidence of its maker's low-grade mentality
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despite the silly old bromide, the fat man is more often than not the best loved of men— McClure's Mag.

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under the circumstances the usual, indeed the expected, Chamber of Commerce bromides would have been acceptable—J. M. Brown

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Cliché applies to an expression which when new was fresh and full of meaning but which by constant iteration has become not only dull but hackneyed and stereotyped
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the cliche is merely the sometime novel, that has been loved not wisely but too well— Lowes

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the pathetic cliché, "for the sake of the children," has perpetuated many unsuccessful marriages— D. B. Lewis

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Analogous words: expression, *phrase, idiom, locution: banality, jejuneness, inanity, wishy-washiness (see corresponding adjectives at INSIPID): triteness, threadbareness (see corresponding adjectives at TRITE)

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