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tr.v. flout·ed, flout·ing, flouts
1. To ignore or disregard (a rule or convention, for example) in an open or defiant way: flout a law; behavior that flouted convention. See Usage Note at flaunt.
2. Archaic To express contempt for; mock or jeer at.

[Perhaps from Middle English flouten, to play the flute, from Old French flauter, from flaute, flute; see flute.]

flout′er n.
flout′ing·ly adv.
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Noun1.flouter - someone who jeers or mocks or treats something with contempt or calls out in derisionflouter - someone who jeers or mocks or treats something with contempt or calls out in derision
disagreeable person, unpleasant person - a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
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In the Metamorphoses, the imprudent actions of Mestra's father Erysichthon, a flouter of divine authority, prompt her shape-shifting career.
"I'm big on one-pieces like dresses and jumpsuits, because they look pulled together with the least amount of effort," says the dedicated flouter of fashion rules.
Tuoi Tre 2011, 'Authorities Slap Light Penalty on Decency Flouter', Tuoi Tre online, 3 September, http://tuoitrenews.vn/cmlink/tuoitrenews/lifestyle/authorities-slap-light-penalty-on-decency flouter-1.44202.
Jeremy Hutchinson of gator-attack and campaign-fund-violation renown and State Treasurer Martha Shoffner, flouter of legislative subpoenas and target of a criminal investigation over her handling of state money.
One thing remains the same, however: North Korea, long known as a counterfeiter of dollars and flouter of international law, still isn't playing by the rules, Mickey Mouse or not.
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And rather than seeing Cervantes as an "innovator through tradition," I saw him precisely as a flouter of inherited aesthetic practices or values--precisely something against which Avellaneda reacts, in my reading, when composing his own continuation.
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JEM believes that unity is more important rather than just desirable given the fact that the National congress party (NCP) Government of Sudan (GOS) is a serial violator of peace agreements and a persistent flouter of the rule of law and can not be trusted, unless there is an integrated unity of the Darfurian factions under one umbrella on one side of the negotiating table facing the only one opponent, the NCP.
And an isolated flouter of federal authority likely faced an unusually high risk of prosecution.