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beneath contempt

Abominable. The atrocities committed by this regime are beneath contempt.
See also: beneath, contempt

familiarity breeds contempt

Repeated exposure to someone or something often creates a contentious relationship. A: "Those two teams have built up quite a rivalry over the years." B: "They play in the same division, and familiarity breeds contempt." I've been stuck with Larry in the office all week, and I'm afraid they're right that familiary breeds contempt.
See also: breed, contempt

hold (someone or something) in contempt

1. In law, to find someone guilty of showing disrespect or disobedience to the judge or procedures of a court. You will stop this abusive line of questioning or I will hold you in contempt of court!
2. To regard someone or something with disdain or disrespect. He says he doesn't vote because he holds the whole political system in contempt. She has held her father in contempt ever since he refused to give his blessing to her marriage.
See also: contempt, hold

beneath contempt

exceedingly contemptible. What you have done is beneath contempt. Your rude behavior is beneath contempt.
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Familiarity breeds contempt.

Prov. People do not respect someone they know well enough to know his or her faults. The movie star doesn't let anyone get to know him, because he knows that familiarity breeds contempt.
See also: breed, contempt

in contempt (of court)

showing disrespect for a judge or courtroom procedures. The bailiff ejected the lawyer who was held in contempt. The judge found the juror in contempt of court when she screamed at the attorney.
See also: contempt

familiarity breeds contempt

Long experience of someone or something can make one so aware of the faults as to be scornful. For example, Ten years at the same job and now he hates it-familiarity breeds contempt. The idea is much older, but the first recorded use of this expression was in Chaucer's Tale of Melibee (c. 1386).
See also: breed, contempt

familiarity breeds contempt

If you say that familiarity breeds contempt, you mean that if you know someone or something very well, you can easily become bored with them and stop treating them with respect. Of course, it's often true that familiarity breeds contempt, that we're attracted to those who seem so different from those we know at home. It is second-year drivers — when familiarity breeds contempt for road rules — that are the problem. Note: Other nouns are sometimes used instead of contempt. Familiarity breeds inattention. Typically, family members are so convinced they know what another family member is going to say that they don't bother to listen.
See also: breed, contempt

hold someone or something in contempt

consider someone or something to be unworthy of respect or attention.
In formal legal contexts, holding someone in contempt means that they are judged to have committed the offence of contempt of court, i.e. they are guilty of disrespect or disobedience to the authority of a court in the administration of justice.

beneath conˈtempt

very shameful or disgusting: Stealing the money was bad enough. Trying to get someone else blamed for it was beneath contempt.
See also: beneath, contempt

familiarity breeds conˈtempt

(saying) you have little respect, liking, etc. for somebody/something that you know too well: George’s father is regarded by everyone as a great artist, but George doesn’t think he is. Familiarity breeds contempt!
See also: breed, contempt
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162) However, this is not the case for contempts of court; an opposing party may make a motion for contempt, (163) but the judge may also take action sua sponte.
Finally, there is no reason to treat indirect civil contempts differently than indirect criminal contempts.
187) In contrast, indirect contempts do not threaten a court's immediate ability to function, (188) and therefore more procedural protection is granted.
Generally, all indirect contempts should be treated like former indirect criminal contempts.
There is undeniably a need to leave the trial court some discretion in handling contempts before it; (199) however, the lack of guidance to the trial court is troubling.
The distinction between direct and indirect contempt admirably performs this function because direct contempts more directly interfere with a court's ability to function.
Getting Beyond the Civil/Criminal Distinction: A New Approach to the Regulation of Indirect Contempts, 79 Va.
to punish by fine or imprisonment, at the discretion of said courts, all contempts of authority in any cause or hearing before the same.
This backlash motivated us to reconsider one especially thorny area of bankruptcy court authority, namely, the propriety of issuing criminal contempt citations.
As we dug through the case law, it will surprise few readers to learn that there were firmly established circuit precedents prohibiting bankruptcy courts from imposing criminal contempt sanctions in no uncertain terms.
This Article concludes that there is nothing intrinsically problematic from a constitutional, statutory, or policy perspective with bankruptcy courts issuing criminal contempt orders.
The question whether bankruptcy judges posses criminal contempt power is an unsettled and divisive question among the lower courts.
The Eight Circuit's opinion in In re Ragar, which responded to a lawyer's appeal for criminal contempt fines levied against him by the bankruptcy court, came to the nearly opposite result.
23) While the Ninth Circuit, too, purported to be merely interpreting [section] 105 not to authorize "serious non-compensatory fines" through the avoidance doctrine, its holding was equally driven by constitutional angst, albeit directed at due process: "Our interpretation of the language of [section] 105(a) is reinforced by the fundamental due process considerations we discussed in Hanshaw," (24) Thus, in the Ninth Circuit, apparently some criminal contempt is acceptable--"relatively mild" fines--but not too much.
Leaving aside for the moment the added complications when judges who lack full Article III protections get involved, the law surrounding criminal contempt is already, putting matters charitably, "uncertain.