show trial

noun
|Updated on: 16 Jun 2018

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

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

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First Known Use of show trial

1928

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


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