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scofflaw Syllabification: scoff·law
Pronunciation: /ˈskôːflôː/

Definition of scofflaw in English:


North American informal
A person who flouts the law, especially by failing to comply with a law that is difficult to enforce effectively.
Example sentences
  • Following the Stamp Act upheavals, he tried to keep smugglers and other scofflaws from flouting Parliament's authority.
  • Young people want the right to dance to grinding rhythms all night long while their parents fear it will turn them into degenerate scofflaws.
  • Among those who are guilty of an offense against good taste, he is a scofflaw tormented by felons and scoundrels.
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