verb (used with object)
to treat with disdain, scorn, or contempt; scoff at; mock: to flout the rules of propriety.
verb (used without object)
to show disdain, scorn, or contempt; scoff, mock, or gibe (often followed by at ).
a disdainful, scornful, or contemptuous remark or act; insult; gibe.

1350–1400; Middle English flouten to play the flute; compare Dutch fluiten to play the flute, jeer

flouter, noun
floutingly, adverb
unflouted, adjective

flaunt, flout (see usage note at flaunt).

See flaunt.
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flout (flaʊt)
vb (when intr, usually foll by at)
to show contempt (for); scoff or jeer (at)
[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 & History

1550s, perhaps a special use of M.E. flowten "to play the flute" (cf. M.Du. fluyten "to play the flute," also "to jeer"). Related: Flouted; flouting.
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Example sentences
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.
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