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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.
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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.
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A party cannot be held in contempt without having acted contemptuously.
Ronald Weaver and Jason Sunstein should not be held in contempt of court for failing to comply with this Court's Order granting to the Greenland Defendants' Motion for Preliminary Injunction entered December 6, 2004;
The majority declared that "EchoStar had ample notice of what it had been ordered to do" and ruled EchoStar could be held in contempt for violating this injunction.
Campbell said he will not decide if the prosecutors should be held in contempt for withholding key evidence in the sentencing of convicted cop-killer Michael Raymond Johnson because Campbell endorsed one witness' appointment to the bench.
After threatening to sue us and have us thrown in English jails for telling the truth about Rogers and The Funds, they next threatened to have THQ/Jakks, the WWE's videogame licensee, held in contempt of the English courts if THQ/Jakks sold certain classic videogames of WWE performers because the gameplay had the former WWF scratch logo of my client embedded in the gameplay," said McDevitt.
Monday's order was the first time a president has been held in contempt of court.
In order for the court to demand ESC and Eckhouse to show cause as to why they should not be held in contempt, the court asked Messrs.
Should Reno continue to defy the House and be held in contempt by the U.