Definition of hold someone in contempt in English:

hold someone in contempt


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

    • ‘Forty years ago, if you even stood up in court and said a policeman was lying, you would be held in contempt.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then the court could hold him in contempt - sending him to jail indefinitely, until he changed his mind.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The judge held me in contempt, and I report to Cumberland minimum-security prison tomorrow.’
    • ‘She had called my office because she intended to hold him in contempt.’
    • ‘And number two, if she violates the order, she could be held in contempt of court and theoretically go to jail.’
    • ‘Refuse, and you can be held in contempt of court.’