Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who habitually violates the law or fails to answer court summonses.

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  • n. One who habitually violates minor laws or fails to answer trivial court summonses (such as parking tickets).
  • n. An iconoclast.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one who habitually ignores the law and does not answer court summonses

Etymologies

Coined simultaneously by Mr Henry Irving Dale and Miss Kate L. Butler for a contest held in Boston in 1923 in which a word for "a lawless drinker of illegally made or illegally obtained liquor" was sought during the Prohibition era. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Yes, a scofflaw is a lawbreaker, and that's a bad thing to be, but the word doesn't really make you detest scofflaws, which is what the person seeking the word wanted.

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  • For example, if she found herself calling a hotel manager to remind him of a corporate promotion and wasnt getting a response, instead of fretting and repeatedly calling the scofflaw manager, Heidi did something different.

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  • Why not make exceptions for the type of individualist who (in the bad old days) people called a scofflaw, a rebel.

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  • Switzerland on Thursday desperately sought to reassure its citizens and international banking clients that it would safeguard a treasured tradition of confidential accounts after taking tax fraud and agreed to pay 780 million dollars to the US tax fraud and agreed to pay 780 million dollars to the US government, cooperate in an ongoing probe and name scofflaw clients, the

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  • And whether one is a 'scofflaw' is sometimes in the eyes of the beholder.

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  • In almost every storyline, someone is breaking an established rule, and though not every scofflaw meets the same fate, "scofflaw" is still the name of the game.

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  • King offered a prize of $200 to whoever came up with the best word to describe "a lawless drinker of illegally made or illegally obtained liquor," and on Jan. 15, 1924, "scofflaw" was proclaimed to be the winning word.

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  • The expression that covers that scenario and its adherents is called "scofflaw" defined as a person who flouts the law, rules, conventions, or accepted practices.

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  • Michael Bloomberg for being a "scofflaw" in refusing to cooperate with the immigration authorities.

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  • 35-Year MtP Resident attributes the problem to "scofflaw" Supercan and recycling storage on public space on the block.

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