[ glib-nis ]
/ ˈglɪb nɪs /
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the quality of being easily fluent, especially in a way that is thoughtless, superficial, or insincere:There's a certain glibness that comes with trying to package big, complex ideas and distill them into very consumable chunks.After a while her glibness makes you wonder if you can trust her.
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How to use glibness in a sentence
Seeing it written down, it looks dangerously close to glibness.How One Doctor Mastered the Art of Delivering Life-Changing Diagnoses|Russell Saunders|March 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then as now, inside the Washington Beltway hubris and glibness go hand in hand.30 Years After the Beirut Bombing We Have Learned Nothing|Christopher Dickey|October 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The men in The Group behave with glibness, condescension, and even brutality toward the Vassar grads.American Dreams, 1963: ‘The Group’ by Mary McCarthy|Nathaniel Rich|July 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Nevertheless despite the glibness with which he uttered it, he cringed and a flood of telltale color rose to his hair.Christopher and the Clockmakers|Sara Ware Bassett
Mr. Locket shot his young friend another sharp glance, a silent retort to the glibness of this information.The Real Thing and Other Tales|Henry James
Then the glibness and merit of some of their answers surprised and amused him.Peg Woffington|Charles Reade
“Points” are given by one operator to another with the same mendacious glibness as of yore.The Arena|Various
It certainly gives glibness and flexibility, if it doesn't give earnestness and depth.The Letters of William James, Vol. II|William James