show trial


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 The latest show trial of Hong Kong’s most famous political prisoner will conclude this week. Mark L. Clifford And L. Gordon Crovitz, WSJ, 25 Aug. 2022 The latter is a look at the Kiev Trial, the 1946 show trial, and public execution, of German war criminals in Ukraine by the Soviet Union. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Sep. 2022 Its moral effect may expose the deliberate destructive intentions of the January 6 show trial — or what else are movies for? Armond White, National Review, 6 July 2022 Part of the uproar over Hutchinson’s performance at the January 6 show trial owes to the way Streep has influenced responses to female comportment. Armond White, National Review, 6 July 2022 However, rather than the promise of a fair trial and a chance at acquittal, U.S. officials and experts on Russia’s legal system expect the proceedings to be a show trial, with a guilty verdict all but certain. Amy Cheng, Washington Post, 1 July 2022 Through her instinctual hyperpartisanship, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has nearly succeeded in turning what should have been a thorough investigation of the causes of that terrible event into a show trial of her political enemies. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 20 June 2022 However different the particulars are from the current American show trial, The Confession still goes to the heart of specious judicial behavior — and the nightmare of a country and its media accepting it as normal. Armond White, National Review, 15 June 2022 In 1928, the Soviet Union, then six years old, embarked on its first Five-Year Plan and held its first major political show trial. Krithika Varagur, The New Yorker, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of show trial

1928, in the meaning defined above

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20 Sep 2022

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“Show trial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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