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
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    • Ignore a court summons and you will be held in contempt and possibly fined or even jailed.
    • The judge held me in contempt, and I report to Cumberland minimum-security prison tomorrow.
    • 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.
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