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contempt
as in:  held in contempt of court


The judge held her in contempt.
  the crime of willful disobedience to or disrespect for the authority of a court or legislative body
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contempt contemptuous contemptible contemptuously contemptibly
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Formally, this is called "contempt of court," but it is often shortened as just "contempt."
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  • The judge held her in contempt.
  • The reporter refused to identify her source and the judge had her imprisoned for contempt of court.
  • [judge speaking:]  ...you come before me on contempt charges.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • This is contempt of the court, ...
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible

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  • Miss Snell, this body is empowered to cite you for contempt if you refuse to answer on any other grounds than Constitutional ones.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • Once more, sir, and you will be cited for contempt.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • The judge told Minerva if she tried one more time, she would be in contempt, and the sentence and fine would be increased.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • HATHORNE: I think they must both be arrested in contempt, sir.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • HATHORNE: This is contempt, sir, contempt!
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • HATHORNE: This is contempt, sir, contempt!
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible

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  • DANFORTH: In that case, I have no choice but to arrest you for contempt of this court, do you know that?
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • GILES: This is a hearing; you cannot clap me for contempt of a hearing.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • To Giles: You are under arrest in contempt of this court.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • I fine you twenty-five dollars for contempt of court.
    Bierce, Ambrose  --  Fantastic-Fables
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Associated words [difficulty]:   contempt [1]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Human Behavior, Classic Literature, Religion & Spirtuality, Religion - Christianity
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