|1.||the attitude or feeling of a person towards a person or thing that he considers worthless or despicable; scorn|
|2.||the state of being scorned; disgrace (esp in the phrase hold in contempt)|
|3.||wilful disregard of or disrespect for the authority of a court of law or legislative body: contempt of court|
|[C14: from Latin contemptus a despising, from contemnere to |
The deliberate obstruction of a court's proceedings by refusing to obey a court order or by interfering with court procedures. Contempt of court can be punished by fine, imprisonment, or both.