(usually uncountable, plural contempts of court)
- (law, uncountable) Open disrespect for or willful disobedience of the authority of a court of law or legislative body, typically punishable by such sanctions as a fine or incarceration.
- (law, countable) A particular act of open disrespect for or willful disobedience of the authority of a court of law.
- (law, countable) A court order which, in the context of a court trial or hearing, declares a person or organization to have disobeyed or been disrespectful of the court's authority.
- contempt of Congress
- contempt of Parliament
- hold in contempt