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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'm afraid it's true when they say that familiarity breeds contempt, because I've been stuck with Larry in the apartment all week, and I'm absolutely sick of him.
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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

in contempt (of court)

In law, 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!
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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.
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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

beneath contempt

Not even worthy of despising. The word “beneath” means the same as “below” or “under” but generally has been confined to poetic and archaic locutions. The pairing with “contempt” has been a cliché since the late nineteenth century.
See also: beneath, contempt

familiarity breeds contempt

Overexposure to or knowing something or someone too thoroughly can turn liking into hostility. The idea behind this expression dates from ancient times—the Roman writer Publilius Syrus used it about 43 b.c.—and approximately twelve hundred years later Pope Innocent III repeated it, also in Latin. The first record of it in English appeared in Nicholas Udall’s translation of Erasmus’s sayings (1548): “Familiaritye bringeth contempt.” Later writers often stated it with humor or irony, notably Mark Twain in his unpublished diaries (Notebooks, ca. 1900): “Familiarity breeds contempt—and children.”
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A fresh contempt petition by Srivastava against the present Revenue Secretary was also dismissed by the Supreme Court since contempt could not be made out.
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On February 7 this year, the apex court had issued a notice to Aziz for contempt of court for an 'anti-judiciary' speech made by him.
The petitioners had pleaded that contempt proceedings be initiated against Hussain, as the court had allowed him to continue his programme on the condition that he would abstain from using derogatory words against anyone.
The petitioners had pleaded that contempt proceedings be initiated against Dr Amir Liaquat for not comply with the court's order allowing him to continue his programme on the condition that he would abstain from using derogatory words against anyone.
The petition pleads the court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against the PML-N leader.
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A three-judge SC bench comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel had initiated the contempt proceedings under the Contempt of the Court Ordinance 2003, read with Article 204 of the Constitution, against the minister for making derogatory and contemptuous speeches and statements against the apex court which were also telecast by different television channels.
Dismissing contempt pleas against ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar has observed that while Nawaz's statements may have crossed boundaries, the material presented in the petitions is not enough to issue contempt notice.Fixing previously filed petitions that were time-barred or unmaintainable on Wednesday, the SC dismissed contempt applications against Nawaz, Federal Minister for Privatisation Daniyal Aziz and Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique.
ISLAMABAD -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday announced to indict Privatization Minister Daniyal Aziz in a contempt of court case on March 13 as the apex court has rebuffed his reply in the case as unsatisfactory.