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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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An Illinois statute that restricted the contempt power of courts by preventing a criminal defendant charged with an unlawful violation of a visitation order from being held in contempt was held unconstitutional.
The court found that the defendant had disposed of the documents in good faith before the issuance of the order to produce; thus, he could not be held in contempt because he could not produce them.
"This morning I think I have made about 15 calls to get hold of my clients, the application to have me held in contempt of court, I think is an act of intimidation"he said.
The panel also declared that a defendant can be held in contempt even if its redesign is noninfringing.
In issuing its ruling, the high court said it had to 'strike a balance' between the interest of the Senate and the rights of persons held in contempt during legislative inquiries.
Aziz denied ever saying the words for which he was held in contempt. I never said the words that were written in the newspaper and for which I was held in contempt, he claimed.
In the order, it said they were held in contempt for 'testifying falsely and evasively before the Committee on August 9, 2017 and thereby delaying, impeding and obstructing the inquiry into the P6.4 billion worth of shabu shipment from China.'
'The motion is carried, and Ronnie Palisoc Dayan is therefore being held in contempt by this committee, and correspondingly, an arrest warrant be issued against him to compel his presence before this committee to testify as regards the materiality of all allegations stated against him, before the committee could ferret out the truth on the matters being investigated to,' Leachon said.
"Those who lie are not being held in contempt. We have proved several times that their witnesses are lying.