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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Examples of flippancy in a Sentence

no one appreciates your flippancy during our religious services

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Still, Lowndes noted that no one should mistake Harriett’s lighthearted nature for flippancy or frivolousness. Scott Maxwell, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Harriett Lake: Orlando's grande dame of philanthropy was wry, witty and oh-so-generous," 11 July 2018 Our founding fathers would not have laughed about treason or treated it with such flippancy. Karine Jean-pierre, Teen Vogue, "My Parents Fled a Dictatorship, and Under Trump, They Feel Like They're Living It Again," 13 Feb. 2018 The singer’s flippancy aside, the Jesus Lizard endures as a force. Bob Gendron, chicagotribune.com, "The Jesus Lizard is back in full force, fury," 10 Dec. 2017 Frances uses messages to construct a closed, cutting version of herself, leaning on flippancy to avoid emotional engagement. Isobel Thompson, A-LIST, "Sally Rooney Starts a New Type of Conversation," 10 Aug. 2017 Like most of Coward’s work, Blithe Spirit contains his signature flippancy. Jim Rutter, Philly.com, "Hedgerow Theatre's 'Blithe Spirit' is blithe, spirited," 9 Oct. 2017 For all its flippancy and risk-taking, Qatar’s foreign policy did provide some gray zones and safe harbors in this conflict Fred Kaplan, Slate Magazine, "How Trump Made the Qatar Situation Worse," 5 June 2017 For his impatience and flippancy with the pen, Camacho was sentenced Thursday to 364 days in jail, plus 10 years of probation. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "He forged signatures of judges over 100 times. Now this lawyer is going to jail," 3 Aug. 2017 From post-shower shake outs to easy updos, the best summer hair exudes an air of charming flippancy Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Chrissy Teigen, Heidi Klum, and More Give Mom Hair a Good Name," 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of flippancy

1746, in the meaning defined above

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to complain fretfully

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