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.
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SHOW TRIAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of show trial for English Language Learners
: a trial in a court of law in which the verdict has been decided in advance
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