flip·​pan·​cy | \ ˈfli-pən(t)-sē How to pronounce flippancy (audio) \
plural flippancies

Definition of flippancy

: unbecoming levity or pertness especially in respect to grave or sacred matters

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no one appreciates your flippancy during our religious services
Recent Examples on the Web There’s a devil-may-care energy to both of them that turns the flippancy of their side-eye into eye-banging without even trying. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Why HBO's Run is the thirstiest show on TV right now," 17 May 2020 The volatility of his behavior during February and March—the veering between flippancy and rage, breezy denial and dark fear-mongering—may not seem to demand further explanation. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, "Vector in Chief," 29 Apr. 2020 But the flippancy this woman will no doubt rue having exhibited on camera is not only unfortunate for her personal health. Bonnie Kristian, TheWeek, "Coronavirus is exposing America's contempt for old age," 18 Mar. 2020 The flippancy with which the collapsologues declare that this future is just around the corner can be quite chilling. Harrison Stetler, The New York Review of Books, "‘Collapsologie’: Constructing an Idea of How Things Fall Apart," 21 Jan. 2020 Her arch irony, even flippancy, provides a markedly different interpretation than Ann Dowd’s terrifying portrayal for Hulu. Ron Charles Critic, Washington Post, "Praise be: Margaret Atwood has published a sequel to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’," 3 Sep. 2019 The elements of flippancy and irony that are popular currency among today’s referential artists are completely absent from her enterprise. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "Normani and the Work of the Pop Princess," 1 Sep. 2019 The Democratic presidential aspirants received the injurious compliment of being taken seriously in their aspirations, which are characterized by a disqualifying flippancy. George Will, National Review, "The Democrats and the 1919 World Series," 1 Aug. 2019 But longtime observers say that hallmark flippancy masks relentless drive and determination. Christina Boyle, Los Angeles Times, "Boris Johnson, one of Britain’s most eccentric politicians, on track to be next prime minister," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of flippancy

1746, in the meaning defined above

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“Flippancy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flippancy. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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