show trial

noun

Definition of show trial

: 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

They were forced to confess their guilt in public show trials.
Recent Examples on the Web Authorities have transferred the opposition leader to a penal colony to begin serving a sentence, after what rights groups said was a show trial. Time, 3 Mar. 2021 He was arrested at the airport, and subsequently convicted in a show trial of violating parole and sentenced to more than two years in prison. New York Times, 18 Apr. 2021 Authorities have transferred the opposition leader to a penal colony to begin serving a sentence, after what rights groups said was a show trial. Time, 3 Mar. 2021 Authorities have transferred the opposition leader to a penal colony to begin serving a sentence, after what rights groups said was a show trial. Time, 3 Mar. 2021 Authorities have transferred the opposition leader to a penal colony to begin serving a sentence, after what rights groups said was a show trial. Time, 3 Mar. 2021 The process looked at times like a political show trial, calling into question the ability of the city’s common-law courts to retain their credibility. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, 22 Mar. 2021 Authorities have transferred the opposition leader to a penal colony to begin serving a sentence, after what rights groups said was a show trial. Time, 3 Mar. 2021 Authorities have transferred the opposition leader to a penal colony to begin serving a sentence, after what rights groups said was a show trial. Time, 3 Mar. 2021

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1928, in the meaning defined above

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“Show trial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/show%20trial. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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show trial

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English Language Learners Definition of show trial

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

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