show trial

noun

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


SHOW TRIAL Defined for English Language Learners

show trial

noun

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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