Definition of set at naught in US English:

set at naught

phrase

archaic
  • Disregard or despise.

    • ‘It is not easy to trace the motives of the reformers or their inheritors as they gradually set at naught large elements of symbol in worship.’
    • ‘It only helps to be able to lock people up without trial if you know who they are - if you don't, your strategy is set at naught.’
    • ‘In the other case the Court will not allow its process to be set at naught and treated with contempt.’
    • ‘The fact of the matter is that rising inflation is setting at naught the modest gains in take-home pay granted through tax reform and income rises.’
    • ‘In this way a party who is in breach of the contract will be able to set at naught an exclusive jurisdiction agreement which is the product of the free will of the parties.’
    defy, refuse to obey, go against, rebel against, scorn, disdain, show contempt for, fly in the face of, thumb one's nose at, make a fool of, poke fun at
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