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1flout

verb \ˈflat\

: to break or ignore (a law, rule, etc.) without hiding what you are doing or showing fear or shame

Full Definition of FLOUT

transitive verb
:  to treat with contemptuous disregard :  scorn <flouting the rules>
intransitive verb
:  to indulge in scornful behavior
flout·er noun

Usage Discussion of FLOUT

See Usage Discussion at flaunt
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Examples of FLOUT

  1. Despite repeated warnings, they have continued to flout the law.
  2. <an able-bodied motorist openly flouting the law and parking in a space reserved for the disabled>

Origin of FLOUT

probably from Middle English flouten to play the flute, from floute flute
First Known Use: 1551

Synonym Discussion of FLOUT

scoff, jeer, gibe, fleer, sneer, flout mean to show one's contempt in derision or mockery. scoff stresses insolence, disrespect, or incredulity as motivating the derision <scoffed at their concerns>. jeer suggests a coarser more undiscriminating derision <the crowd jeered at the prisoners>. gibe implies taunting either good-naturedly or in sarcastic derision <hooted and gibed at the umpire>. fleer suggests grinning or grimacing derisively <the saucy jackanapes fleered at my credulity>. sneer stresses insulting by contemptuous facial expression, phrasing, or tone of voice <sneered at anything romantic>. flout stresses contempt shown by refusal to heed <flouted the conventions of polite society>.

2flout

noun

Definition of FLOUT

:  jeer

First Known Use of FLOUT

1566
FLOUTING Defined for Kids

flout

verb \ˈflat\
flout·edflout·ing

Definition of FLOUT for Kids

:  to ignore in an open and disrespectful way <The children flouted the rules.>

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