flout

To flout is to scorn or show contempt for. "I flout the law and the concept of civilian safety by making a concerted effort to jaywalk every time I cross a street."

Oddly enough, when flout came into existence in the 1550s, it had a much different sense to it than it does now; it's believed that it evolved from the Middle English flowten β€œto play the flute." As a verb, it means to scorn, as in, for example, to scorn a law, person, or social norm by defying it. As a noun, it is a contemptuous remark or insult. Wrote William Shakespeare, β€œFlout 'em, and scout 'em; and scout 'em and flout 'em; Thought is free.”

Definitions of flout
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v treat with contemptuous disregard

flout the rules”
Synonyms:
scoff
Type of:
brush aside, brush off, discount, dismiss, disregard, ignore, push aside
bar from attention or consideration

v laugh at with contempt and derision

Synonyms:
barrack, gibe, jeer, scoff
Type of:
bait, cod, rag, rally, razz, ride, tantalise, tantalize, taunt, tease, twit
harass with persistent criticism or carping

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