One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Lack of respect or seriousness; frivolousness.‘she was infuriated by his careless flippancy’
frivolousness, levity, superficiality, shallowness, glibness, thoughtlessness, carefreeness, irresponsibility, insouciance, offhandednessView synonyms
- ‘The photographs reveal that there is space for laughter, for flippancy, for beauty and fun in a country beset with internecine and identity-based troubles.’
- ‘To some he appeared disorganized, slapdash, cheerful to the point of flippancy.’
- ‘But, perhaps aware there may be scant opportunities for flippancy in the next 10 months, he was in engaging mood, answering every question with a diverting directness and lack of self-absorption.’
- ‘It's hard to say what's worse: a summer blockbuster that treats death with video game flippancy or a dour bit of Oscar bait like this, pretending to legitimise ‘necessary’ violence through glamorous gunfire.’
- ‘He started cracking jokes, contrasting the flippancy of opposition politics with the weight of responsibility he had to bear.’
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