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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
Drug use is flippant and rampant, the music is big and gaudy, and none of the shots were actually filmed on the island or in its clubs.
Our unspeakable treatment of migrant children and flippant disregard for their safety should invoke moral outrage.
That's a flippant question, but there's something underneath it.
Getty Images On Friday, President Donald Trump gave an informal press conference to a boisterous crowd and one of his flippant remarks about a woman reporter, Weijia Jiang, was caught on camera.
Why did Lando feel so flippant about knocking off the Falcon’s radar dish in Return of the Jedi after Han specifically asked him not to?
At first the flippant tone of some of these scenes seems a bit off, but the movie (full of narrative curves) eventually makes tonal sense.
Curry’s flippant early turnover was only the beginning.
But Curbelo questions whether Democrats are over-playing their hand and said voters care more about issues than whatever flippant comment Trump made the previous day.
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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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