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show trial

noun

Simple Definition of show trial

  • : a trial in a court of law in which the verdict has been decided in advance

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of show trial

  1. :  a trial (as of political opponents) in which the verdict is rigged and a public confession is often extracted

Examples of show trial in a sentence

  1. They were forced to confess their guilt in public show trials.



1937

First Known Use of show trial

1937


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