Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or quality of being flippant; free or inconsiderate volubility; presumptuous or impertinent trifling in speech or conduct; disrespectful smartness in speaking or writing; pertness.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The state or quality of being flippant.
- n. inappropriate levity
“As Schwiebert once quietly complained to me, “a time in media when flippancy is substituted for genuine knowledge.””
“Part of it, if I may be excused a moment of flippancy, is that they are doing such a good job of making fools of themselves (and sometimes of Tolkien) that I see no reason to add my own meed of incapacity.”
“But behind his flippancy was a certain grim disquiet: who or what had incited this magic sword to slay him?”
“As soon as she was safely tucked up in the dog-cart, with no way of escape, Elisabeth saw a look in Alan's eyes which told her that he meant to make love to her; so with that old, old feminine instinct, which made the prehistoric woman take to her heels when the prehistoric man began to run after her, this daughter of the nineteenth century took refuge in an armour of flippancy, which is the best shield yet invented for resisting Cupid's darts.”
“Pennington's particular kind of flippancy was merely a result of his having been, in those far days before he was a remittance man, an Oxford graduate.”
“England hath need of thee -- 'said Mrs. Belmaine with the degree of flippancy which is considered correct for immortal verse, the Bible, God, etc., in these days.”
“So delicate, in fact, that treating it with this kind of flippancy is entirely inappropriate.”
“Amis has had to deal with a welter of criticism, including an accusation of "flippancy" from the American novelist”
“England hath need of thee —’ said Mrs. Belmaine with the degree of flippancy which is considered correct for immortal verse, the Bible, God, etc., in these days.”
“That habit he got into of smashing the arguments of the heathen, gave him a kind of flippancy in talking of high matters. ”
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