Bromide – A trite statement that is intended to soothe or placate. A bromide is a common saying or proverb that is obvious and not that helpful, like “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” Some people love to say things like “Follow your dreams” and “Love takes hard work.” Such trite, clich├ęd sayings are bromides. A bromide isn’t very helpful or specific, and people tend to say them repeatedly. The word bromide comes from the chemical compound made of the element bromine and another metal. This kind of bromide was historically used as a sedative, a medicine that dulls your senses, just as figurative bromides are boring and dull. Shibboleth, Chestnut are synonyms of Bromide. The meeting produced the usual bromides about macroeconomic policy, third-world debt and the environment. His speech had nothing more to offer than the usual bromides about how everyone needs to work together. A newspaper editorial offering the timeworn bromide that people should settle their differences peacefully. ]]>

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