Definition of hold someone/something in contempt in US English:

hold someone/something in contempt


  • Consider someone or something to be unworthy of respect or attention.

    ‘the speed limit is held in contempt by many drivers’
    • ‘However, on this occasion, not even fortune could give Macdonwald the victory, because Macbeth held her in contempt and won the battle anyway.’
    • ‘Probably should have let him hold me in contempt, now that I think about it.’
    • ‘He further contended that the justice court had failed to conduct an appropriate hearing and held him in contempt without evidence that he was responsible for failing to pay the fine.’
    • ‘And even if he held her in contempt now, he had loved her once.’
    • ‘It's a matter of being willing to be aggressive against people who quite publicly hold you in contempt whether you agree with them or not.’
    • ‘They have come to the conclusion that they are going to be screwed regardless of which party is in power, and they prefer to be screwed by a group that doesn't appear to hold them in contempt.’