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"Flout" Versus "Flaunt"

A trick for remembering the difference between "flaunt" and "flout."

By
Mignon Fogarty,

 

Flaunt and flout sound similar but don’t mean the same thing.

When you flaunt yourself, your wealth, or your accomplishments, you’re parading them in front of people—showing off.

Flout means “to disregard, scoff at, mock, or show scorn.” A rebel flouts rules and laws.

Quick and Dirty Tip

Remember that you flout laws by linking the "out" in "flout" with the idea of being outside society.

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