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[flout] /flaʊt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to treat with disdain, scorn, or contempt; scoff at; mock:
to flout the rules of propriety.
verb (used without object)
2.
to show disdain, scorn, or contempt; scoff, mock, or gibe (often followed by at).
noun
3.
a disdainful, scornful, or contemptuous remark or act; insult; gibe.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English flouten to play the flute; compare Dutch fluiten to play the flute, jeer
Related forms
flouter, noun
floutingly, adverb
unflouted, adjective
Can be confused
flaunt, flout (see usage note at flaunt)
Usage note
See flaunt.
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Examples from the web for flouts
  • Contumacious or bad faith behavior is that which flouts the authority of the courts.
  • The practice of trafficking in persons is not only an affront to human dignity but also flouts the laws of legitimate commerce.
  • The practice of human trafficking is not only an affront to human dignity but also flouts the laws of legitimate commerce.
  • The appellants' initial argument is that the jury verdict flouts the applicable law.
British Dictionary definitions for flouts

flout

/flaʊt/
verb
1.
when intr, usually foll by at. to show contempt (for); scoff or jeer (at)
Derived Forms
flouter, noun
floutingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from Middle English flouten to play the flute, from Old French flauter compare Dutch fluiten; see flute
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Word Origin and History for flouts

flout

v.

1550s, perhaps a special use of Middle English flowten "to play the flute" (cf. Middle Dutch fluyten "to play the flute," also "to jeer"). Related: Flouted; flouting.

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