In spite of that, Lydgate is characteristically medieval - medieval in his prolixity, his platitude, his want of judgment and his want of taste; medieval also in his pessimism, his Mariolatry and his horror of death.
If George Eliot is guilty of a platitude when she says that " consequences are unpitying," then Butler's argument is empty: but not otherwise.
It is also certain that he liked to excite applause in the galleries by some platitude about the "glorious Revolution" or the "Protestant succession."
Asked about tax policy, George was only able to mouth platitudes about being in principle in favor of low taxes.
Banal, empty platitudes fill its pages like wet cardboard clogging a dustbin.
Drowned out not just by the violent protest but also by the bland platitudes of the world supposed "leaders."
Haven't we heard the platitudes about "lid" or "narod" (the people) thousands of times under Communism?
He was, justifiably, taken apart by Hugo Young of The Guardian for uttering similar platitudes on Frost.
I write to my senator and get platitudes back.
In the fading beam, the local mayor, Cathy Jamieson, responded with the usual platitudes.
Jack for his part promised no certainties, having too much respect for Joey to offer platitudes.
Our politicians are slowly inching away from the old platitudes, too.
Politicians mouth platitudes about giving parents more choice... I know - I've done it myself.
Selectors will take refuge - if you let them - in meaningless platitudes.
Stood beside him putting forth his own pious platitudes was the new congressman.
The article was filled with platitudes about the systematic character of the industrial economy.
To hand that power away, while mouthing platitudes about a Europe of nations, is an insult to our people.
While Gordon Brown spouts platitudes about the challenge from the Far East, taxes in Britain are already rising to a 24-year high.