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

Examples of flippancy in a Sentence

no one appreciates your flippancy during our religious services
Recent Examples on the Web Windom’s later career — beginning with his clerkship with Edith Brown Clement, a conservative judge on the US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans — belied that flippancy. Alan Feuer, BostonGlobe.com, 28 June 2022 To me, Don’t Look Up was a one-note flippancy; its only virtue was its stunning cast. The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Mar. 2022 In the end, Georgia decided to work on herself, confronting Gerrie with some hard honesty and apologizing to Stevan for her flippancy. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 19 Jan. 2022 This kind of flippancy serves a protective purpose. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 16 Dec. 2021 Connery did not think his flippancy made Bond minor, but the opposite. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, 7 Oct. 2021 But flippancy is rare in these essays and personal reflections even rarer. Anna Mundow, WSJ, 4 June 2021 Similarly, the leaden jokiness of the Iceland scenes that introduce Aquaman have been replaced by a more serious, even solemn tone, grounding the character’s flippancy in pain. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Mar. 2021 Even the most emotive Memmos have a flippancy to them, not helped by their brevity. Laurence Scott, Wired, 4 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of flippancy

1746, in the meaning defined above

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3 Jul 2022

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“Flippancy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flippancy. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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