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What is the difference between flaunt and flout?

Flaunt and flout are sometimes confused because of their superficial similarities. To flaunt is 'to show off; to display ostentatiously', as in "If you've got it, flaunt it." Flaunt's origin is unknown. To flout is 'to treat with contempt or to show contempt for,' or 'to treat with disregard', as in "Nevertheless, do not flout the rules." Flout may come from a Dutch word fluiten 'to play the flute' or 'to mock'. Got it? Flaunt it!

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