flaunt

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 (a rule, the law, etc.)’:

• Countries engage in covert activities because they do not want to flout the rules openly —Encounter, 1987.

The confusion, apart from the similarities of sound, may be due to the notion of conspicuousness common to both actions, and it is noteworthy that flaunt is used mistakenly to mean flout but the reverse does not occur:

• ☒ By flaunting these rules, Hongkong and Shanghai have challenged the Bank's authority —Daily Telegraph, 1981

• ☒ The fact that a shop so close to the scene of the tragic crash is still flaunting licensing laws will no doubt cause more outrage —Hastings Observer, 2007.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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