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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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 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

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First Known Use of flippancy

1746, in the meaning defined above

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