flaunt / flout

flaunt / flout
   To flaunt means "to show off": Maud Lynn Dresser likes to flaunt her jewels at parties.
   To flout means "to show scorn or contempt for": Larry flouts the speed limit in every state when it suits his schedule.

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  • flaunt, flout — These words are often used interchangeably, but they have distinct meanings. Flaunt means to show off, to make a boastful display. Flout means to scoff at, to scorn. Say: This prisoner has continued to flout (not flaunt) the law. The cook… …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • flaunt / flout —    To flaunt means to show off : Maud Lynn Dresser likes to flaunt her jewels at parties.    To flout means to show scorn or contempt for : Larry flouts the speed limit in every state when it suits his schedule …   Confused words

  • flaunt, flout —    The confusion over these two is so widespread that many dictionaries have granted them legitimacy as synonyms. To flaunt means to display ostentatiously, to show off. To flout means to treat with contempt, to disregard in a smug manner. I… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • flaunt, flout —    The confusion over these two is so widespread that many dictionaries have granted them legitimacy as synonyms. To flaunt means to display ostentatiously, to show off. To flout means to treat with contempt, to disregard in a smug manner. I… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • flaunt — flaunt, flout The two words are unrelated. To flaunt means ‘to display ostentatiously’: • Women should have it both ways they should be able to flaunt their sexuality and be taken seriously E. Wurtzel, 1998. To flout means ‘to show contempt for… …   Modern English usage

  • flout — flaunt, flout The two words are unrelated. To flaunt means ‘to display ostentatiously’: • Women should have it both ways they should be able to flaunt their sexuality and be taken seriously E. Wurtzel, 1998. To flout means ‘to show contempt for… …   Modern English usage

  • flaunt — verb he flaunts his young wife as if she were the prize heifer at the county fair Syn: show off, display ostentatiously, make a (great) show of, put on show/display, parade; brag about, crow about, vaunt; informal flash •• flaunt, flout Confusion …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • flout — See flaunt. See flaunt, flout …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • flaunt — See flaunt, flout …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • flaunt´ing|ly — flaunt «flnt, flahnt», verb, noun. –v.t. to show off; try to impress others with; display ostentatiously or obtrusively: »She flaunts her riches before her friends. SYNONYM(S): flourish, obtrude. –v.i. 1. to parade oneself boastfully, impudently …   Useful english dictionary

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