Usage examples for flout

  1. Let the ribald flout and jeer, the mountebank tumble,- let the common fellow, who has made it his business, imitate the song of birds and the gestures of animals, but not the man of quality, who can deserve no credit or renown from any skill in these things. – The Exemplary Novels of Cervantes by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  2. Should he prove more than man may dare attempt, I will flout him; though prudence shall check any further attempts; and, should he prove an equal, would it not gladden your eyes to see St. George come drooping to the water?" – The Red Rover by James Fenimore Cooper
  3. The lady- smocks In silver frocks Do flout the sonsy clover; The humble bee Consorts wi' me And hails me for a rover. – A Brother To Dragons and Other Old-time Tales by Amelie Rives
  4. Even if a Roman became a proselyte to Judaism, well and good, so long as he did not flout the official religion of his own country. – Life in the Roman World of Nero and St. Paul by T. G. Tucker
  5. There is nothing particularly picturesque about Kalamazoo, unless the wondering face of some harmless lunatic, on parole from the Asylum which stands so gloomily among the hills beyond the town, the solemn visage of some Baptist University student, who with his toast, tea and Thucydides, has become grave and attenuated, or the plump form of some " seminary girl" who will look at the incoming trains, and flout her handkerchief too, in spite of parents, principals, and all the proprieties, and the ordinary ebb and flow of the life of a stirring provincial town, may be so considered. – The Spiritualists and the Detectives by Allan Pinkerton
  6. Thou must not flout him, my fair lady, nor scowl at him so with thy beetle brows. – Unknown to History A Story of the Captivity of Mary of Scotland by Charlotte M. Yonge
  7. But they do not; they rather seem to mock and flout me with a savage insolence of careless welfare. – At Large by Arthur Christopher Benson
  8. For here is no morn to flout our delight, Oh! – The Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley Volume III by Percy Bysshe Shelley Edited by Thomas Hutchinson, M. A.
  9. There's one makes head against all godliness, Those too, that do profess it, he'll distress; He'll taunt and flout if goodness doth appear, And at its countenancers mock and jeer. – The Works of John Bunyan Volume 3 by John Bunyan
  10. I do not believe that any rulers, however aggressive they may be, will flout efforts to find a peaceful and honorable solution, whether it be by direct negotiations or through the United Nations. – The Communist Threat in the Taiwan Area by John Foster Dulles and Dwight D. Eisenhower
  11. And if I should reveal all, I think they borrowed his gown to play the part in, the more to flout him. – A History of English Literature Elizabethan Literature by George Saintsbury
  12. " You but seek to flout me from my tale," she said sweetly. – Under the Rose by Frederic Stewart Isham
  13. He began, indeed, to taunt his adversary; to flout and jeer him. – Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France by Stanley J. Weyman
  14. The noble who spent all his time in attendance on the court at Versailles or other royal palaces could keep his purse equal to his pleasures only by constant demands on his feudal tenants, who dared no more refuse to obey his behests than he himself ventured to flout the royal will. – Lord Elgin by John George Bourinot
  15. By so many breaths that ye flout me, by just so many torments shall I have ye torn. – The Pirate Woman by Aylward Edward Dingle
  16. The charges were no better than pretexts for the spoliation of the unfortunate king who, in the matter of his daughter's alliance with Cesare, had conceived that he might flout the Borgias with impunity. – The Life of Cesare Borgia by Raphael Sabatini
  17. And what offence it is to flout his friends. – King-Henry-VI-Part-1 by Shakespeare, William
  18. Common- sense told Philip that the jealous mistress would flout him and land him in failure if he gave her a half- hearted service; but the other young lady, the Helen of the professions, was always beckoning him and alluring him by the most subtle arts, occupying all his hours with meditations on her grace and beauty, till it seemed the world were well lost for her smile. – That Fortune by Charles Dudley Warner Last Updated: February 22, 2009
  19. He must be shown that he could not, with impunity, outrage the Family Tradition and flout the Family Ghosts.... – Youth Challenges by Clarence B Kelland
  20. That splendid little poem of but a single stanza by Edwin Markham, " Outwitted," points after all to one of life's fundamentals: He drew a circle that shut me out- Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout But Love and I had the wit to win: We drew a circle that took him in! – The Higher Powers of Mind and Spirit by Ralph Waldo Trine