Angela’s ABCs – words sometimes confused: flout and flaunt
Flaunt and flout are both verbs which sound sort of similar, but they don’t mean the same thing.
When you flaunt yourself, your wealth, or your accomplishments, you’re parading them in front of people, displaying them ostentatiously and showing off.
- It sometimes seems that Facebook is just a vehicle for people to flaunt their fabulous holidays, their amazingly successful children and their sporting achievements.
- The male peacock flaunts his fabulous plumage in the hope of attracting the female.
When you flout something, you openly disregard it, scoff at it, mock it, or show scorn and contempt for it.
- When a driver flouts the rules of the road by running a red light, he must accept responsibility if there is a crash.
- President Trump has flouted many of the norms of society by his racist and sexist comments, his disregard for the independence of the judiciary and his unsubstantiated accusations against political rivals.