Definition of hold someone in contempt in English:

hold someone in contempt


  • Judge someone to have committed the offence of contempt of court.

    ‘the advocate was held in contempt for subpoenaing the judge’
    • ‘The judge held me in contempt, and I report to Cumberland minimum-security prison tomorrow.’
    • ‘Forty years ago, if you even stood up in court and said a policeman was lying, you would be held in contempt.’
    • ‘Ignore a court summons and you will be held in contempt and possibly fined or even jailed.’
    • ‘If the agency finds out that you've spoken to a reporter or even just told your friends or family about your grievance, you could be held in contempt of court, fined or imprisoned.’
    • ‘Then the court could hold him in contempt - sending him to jail indefinitely, until he changed his mind.’
    • ‘She had called my office because she intended to hold him in contempt.’
    • ‘Once there, if I refused to answer a question, I could be held in contempt and go to jail anyway, and there'd be nothing I could do about it.’
    • ‘Refuse, and you can be held in contempt of court.’
    • ‘And number two, if she violates the order, she could be held in contempt of court and theoretically go to jail.’
    • ‘On some of the times I was held in contempt, that motion was held at the end of the trial so it would not slow down proceedings by having the DA or one of the DAs thrown off the case.’