verb Etymology: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse flana to rush around Date: 1566 intransitive verb 1. to display or obtrude oneself to public notice <
a great flaunting crowd — Charles Dickens
2. to wave or flutter showily <
the flag flaunts in the breeze
transitive verb 1. to display ostentatiously or impudently ; parade <
flaunting his superiority
2. to treat contemptuously <
flaunted the rules — Louis Untermeyer
Synonyms: see showflaunt nounflauntingly adverbflaunty adjective Usage: Although transitive sense 2 of flaunt undoubtedly arose from confusion with flout, the contexts in which it appears cannot be called substandard <
meting out punishment to the occasional mavericks who operate rigged games, tolerate rowdyism, or otherwise flaunt the law — Oscar Lewis
observed with horror the flaunting of their authority in the suburbs, where men…put up buildings that had no place at all in a Christian commonwealth — Marchette Chute
in our profession…very rarely do we publicly chastise a colleague who has flaunted our most basic principles — R. T. Blackburn, AAUP Bulletin
. If you use it, however, you should be aware that many people will consider it a mistake. Use of flout in the sense of flaunt 1 is found occasionally <
“The proper pronunciation,” the blonde said, flouting her refined upbringing, “is pree feeks” — Mike Royko

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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