Definition of flippancy in English:



  • [mass noun] Lack of respect or seriousness; frivolousness.

    ‘she was infuriated by his careless flippancy’
    • ‘He started cracking jokes, contrasting the flippancy of opposition politics with the weight of responsibility he had to bear.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    frivolousness, levity, superficiality, shallowness, glibness, thoughtlessness, carefreeness, irresponsibility, insouciance, offhandedness
    disrespect, irreverence, facetiousness, cheek, cheekiness, pertness, overfamiliarity
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