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flippant

[flip-uh nt] /ˈflɪp ənt/
adjective
1.
frivolously disrespectful, shallow, or lacking in seriousness; characterized by levity:
The audience was shocked by his flippant remarks about patriotism.
2.
Chiefly Dialect. nimble, limber, or pliant.
3.
Archaic. glib; voluble.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; apparently flip1 + -ant
Related forms
flippancy, flippantness, noun
flippantly, adverb
unflippant, adjective
unflippantly, adverb
Synonyms
1. saucy, impertinent, impudent.
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  • However, to an outsider it is rightly perceived as rank flippancy.
  • Sarcastic, tired flippancy has stolen the place of the first, and lugubrious resentment has deposed the second.
  • His studied lightness and occasional flippancy do not conceal a dedicated concern, a personal anguish.
  • Everything that savors of levity or flippancy, in connection with this subject, ought to excite the deepest repugnance.
  • Without him, the magazine lost both sophistication and flippancy.
British Dictionary definitions for flippancy

flippant

/ˈflɪpənt/
adjective
1.
marked by inappropriate levity; frivolous or offhand
2.
impertinent; saucy
3.
(obsolete) talkative or nimble
Derived Forms
flippancy, noun
flippantly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from flip
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Word Origin and History for flippancy
n.

1746, from flippant + -cy.

flippant

adj.

c.1600, "talkative;" 1670s, "displaying unbecoming levity," apparently an extended form of flip (v.). Shortened form flip is attested from 1847. Related: Flippantly.

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