v. reject; mock; express contempt for rules by word or action; behave with contempt
The headstrong youth used to flout all authority; he refused to be curbed.
Sentence in Classic:
To stimulate wildly weak and untrained minds is to play with mighty fires; to flout their striving idly is to welcome a harvest of brutish crime and shameless lethargy in our very laps.
The Souls of Black Folk By W. E. B. Du Bois Context
You flouted the ministers of holy religion, you turned your back on the confessional, you wallowed deeper and deeper in the mire of sin.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man By James Joyce Context
They flouted at his efforts, and told him, with bitter scoffs, that his feet were better than his hands; and that he merited wings, while he knew not the use of an arrow or a knife.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper Context
Then, in other moments, he flouted these theories, and assured him that his fellows were all privately wondering and quaking.
The Red Badge of Courage By Stephen Crane Context
The change had been so gradual, the flouting of one small convention seeming to have no connection with the flouting of another, and none of them any connection with Rhett.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche Context