bromide

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, clichéd sayings are bromides. A bromide isn't very helpful or specific, and people tend to say them over and over again. 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.

Definitions of bromide
  1. noun
    a trite or obvious remark
    synonyms: banality, cliche, commonplace, platitude
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    type of:
    comment, input, remark
    a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information
    truism
    an obvious truth
  2. noun
    any of the salts of hydrobromic acid; formerly used as a sedative but now generally replaced by safer drugs
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    hydrogen bromide
    a colorless gas that yields hydrobromic acid in solution with water
    methyl bromide
    a poisonous gas or liquid (CH3Br) used to fumigate rodents, worms, etc.
    silver bromide
    a bromide that darkens when exposed to light; used in making photographic emulsions
    type of:
    halide
    a salt of any halogen acid
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