noun | \ kən-ˈtempt \ | con·tempt
: willful disobedience or open disrespect of the orders, authority, or dignity of a court or judge acting in a judicial capacity by disruptive language or conduct or by failure to obey the court's orders; also : the offense of contempt — called also contempt of court : the offense of contempt — called also contempt of court
— civil contempt
: contempt that consists of disobedience to a court order in favor of the opposing party Note: The sanctions for civil contempt end upon compliance with the order.
— constructive contempt
: indirect contempt in this entry
— criminal contempt
: contempt consisting of conduct that disrupts or opposes the proceedings or power of the court Note: The sanctions for criminal contempt are designed to punish as well as to coerce compliance.
— direct contempt
: contempt committed in the presence of the court or in a location close enough to disrupt the court's proceedings
— indirect contempt
: contempt (as disobedience of a court order) that occurs outside of the presence of the court
: willful disobedience to a lawful order of or willful obstruction of a legislative body in the course of exercising its powers contempt of Congress