ADJ-GRADED (disapproval)
If you describe a person or what they say as flippant, you are criticizing them because you think they are not taking something as seriously as they should.

Don't be flippant, damn it! This is serious!...

He now dismisses that as a flippant comment.

flip, glib
Derived words:
flippancy N-UNCOUNT

She must have thought that there was some flippancy in his tone, for she said, `Andrew, I wish you'd take this seriously'.

flippantly ADV-GRADED ADV with v

He answered carelessly and flippantly.

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