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  1. Platitude

    Etymology: French, from plat flat, dull

    • 1 : the quality or state of being dull or insipid
    • 2 : a banal, trite, or stale remark
  2. axiom

    Etymology: Latin axioma, from Greek axiōma, literally, something worthy, from axioun to think worthy, from axios worth, worthy; akin to Greek agein to weigh, drive — more at agent

    • 1 : a maxim widely accepted on its intrinsic merit
    • 2 : a statement accepted as true as the basis for argument or inference : postulate
    • 3 : an established rule or principle or a self-evident truth
  3. omen

    Etymology: Latin omin-, omen

    1) an occurrence or phenomenon believed to portend a future event
  4. portentous

    • 1 : of, relating to, or constituting a portent <suspense, portentous foreshadowing, hints of sinister and violent mysteries — Francine Prose>
    • 2 : eliciting amazement or wonder : prodigious
    • 3 a : being a grave or serious matter <portentous decisions>
    • b : self-consciously solemn or important : pompous <portentous declamation unsalted by the least trace of humor — W. H. Pritchard> c : ponderously excessive <that discipline's overwrought, portentous phrases — R. M. Coles>

    synonyms: ominous
  5. syllogism

    Etymology: Middle English silogisme, from Anglo-French sillogisme, from Latin syllogismus, from Greek syllogismos, from syllogizesthai to syllogize, from syn- + logizesthai to calculate, from logos reckoning, word — more at legend

    • 1 : a deductive scheme of a formal argument consisting of a major and a minor premise and a conclusion (as in “every virtue is laudable; kindness is a virtue; therefore kindness is laudable”)
    • 2 : a subtle, specious, or crafty argument
    • 3 : deductive reasoning
  6. furtive

    Etymology: French or Latin; French furtif, from Latin furtivus, from furtum theft, from fur thief, from or akin to Greek phōr thief; akin to Greek pherein to carry — more at bear

    • 1 a : done by stealth : surreptitious b : expressive of stealth : sly <had a furtive look about him>
    • 2 : obtained underhandedly : stolen

    synonyms: secret
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