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
Recent Examples on the Web 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 Anna Mundow, WSJ, 4 June 2021 Similarly, the leaden jokiness of the Iceland scenes that introduce Aquaman have been replaced by a more serious, even solemn tone, grounding the character’s flippancy in pain.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 There are also abundant reminders of Rico’s flippancy. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, 7 Dec. 2020 Beyond its childish flippancy, the dismissal carried the tone of having been practiced ahead of time—a retort aimed for the president’s ears via Tucker Carlson’s show that night. Tom Zoellner, The New Republic, 12 Oct. 2020 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, 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, 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, 18 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of flippancy

1746, in the meaning defined above

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9 Jun 2021

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“Flippancy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flippancy. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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