hold (someone or something) in contempt

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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

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.