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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
Yet in their darkest hour, the same commander-in-chief who professes to care so deeply about honoring and respecting America's military heroes could muster only a cruelly flippant shrug.
McNair’s flippant comment showcased a willful ignorance of why players are protesting in the first place. That those players play an often violent sport that enriches McNair only magnifies his lack of sensitivity.
Fiery Aries and agreeable Libra can become frustrated by Capricorn’s stoicism, and Capricorn can also grow exhausted by the flippant nature of these signs.
That may seem a simplistic, even flippant conclusion.
In communities where residents are still suffering, even a $50 meal can feel flippant.
And not to sound too flippant, but that sounds really bad.
Although this example is flippant, the underlying technology is what allows people to use their faces to unlock their phones, or to authorize Apple Pay payments.
Their comments are funny, profane, angry, proud, defiant, distressed, thoughtful and flippant.
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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.
Synonymscute, facetious, flip, pert, smart, smart-aleck, smart-alecky, smart-ass, smart-assed, smarty-pants, wise, wiseass
Related Wordsflighty, frivolous; cheeky, cocky, fresh, impertinent, impish, impudent, mischievous, playful, roguish, sassy, saucy, waggish; disrespectful, rude; breezy, casual, glib, inappropriate, thoughtless
Near Antonymsgrave, serious, sober, solemn, somber (or sombre)
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