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Examples of flippant in a Sentence
- As far as he was concerned, we were an unforgivably flippant bunch. Louche. Our shared political stance … struck him as pathetically naive. —Mordecai Richler, GQ, November 1997
- … although she is neither solemn nor pontifical, she may be the least flippant advice columnist in the business. —Ray Olson, Booklist, 1 May 1991
- Despite its flippant name, the Greed Index has proven a remarkably prescient barometer of the market during the past 16 years. —Richard E. Rustin, Wall Street Journal, 29 May 1984
He made a flippant response to a serious question.
his flippant comment that the poor save on taxes offended many people
Recent Examples of flippant from the Web
To tell people who have bought non refundable tickets that the organizers did too... is flippant, at best.
Whatever your view of Second Amendment jurisprudence, Trump’s flippant comments showed a startling indifference for foundational rights that are enumerated in the Fourth, Fifth and 14th amendments.
This morning a student made flippant comments on a Daphne bus about bringing guns to school, another student heard it and called 911 from the bus.
Now, as when he was hired, suggesting that women be punished for getting abortions is not an idle speculation or flippant joke.
On the Russian Foreign Ministry's verified Twitter account, the posts carried a characteristically flippant and sarcastic tone.
His flippant remark may soon be put to the test, as the European Union gears up to retaliate against the punitive tariffs that Trump threatened to slap on U.S. steel and aluminum imports.
On one side were those aggrieved by generations of flippant attitudes branding them as foreigners, and on the other, those suffering PTSD from other identity-politics warfare.
Despite the flippant sound of that, the bug hunts are vital for monitoring pollution threats, according to the nonprofit Friends of the Rouge.
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Does flippant Have a Positive or Negative Connotation?
Flippant did something of a flip-flop shortly after it appeared in English in the late 16th century. The word was probably created from the verb flip, which in turn may have originated as an imitation of the sound of something flipping. The earliest senses of the adjective were "nimble" and "limber." One could be flippant not only on one's feet, but also in speech—that is, someone flippant might have a capacity for easy, flowing speech. Such flippancy was considered a good thing at first. But people who speak freely and easily can sometimes seem too talkative, and even impertinent. By the end of the 18th century, the positive sense of flippant had slipped from use, and the "disrespectful" sense had taken its place.
FLIPPANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of flippant for English Language Learners
: lacking proper respect or seriousness
FLIPPANT Defined for Kids
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