Definition of flout
- flouting the rules
- Ah, you may flout and turn up your faces
- —Robert Browning
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Despite repeated warnings, they have continued to flout the law.
an able-bodied motorist openly flouting the law and parking in a space reserved for the disabled
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Watch out when using "flaunt" and "flout." Critics have been complaining about the confusion of these two words since the early 1900s. Flaunt means "to display ostentatiously," and most usage commentators consider it an error to use "flaunt" with the meaning "to treat with contemptuous disregard" (even though some admit to doing it themselves). Many educated writers have used "flaunt" in the "flout" sense for years, but the notoriety of the controversy is so great, and the belief that it's wrong to use "flaunt" for "flout" is so deep-seated, that we think you would do best to keep the two words distinct.
: to break or ignore (a law, rule, etc.) without hiding what you are doing or showing fear or shame
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