star-chamber

adjective
star-cham·​ber | \ˈstär-ˈchām-bər \

Definition of star-chamber 

: characterized by secrecy and often being irresponsibly arbitrary and oppressive

First Known Use of star-chamber

1779, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for star-chamber

Star Chamber, a court existing in England from the 15th century until 1641

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star chamber

noun

Legal Definition of star chamber 

1 capitalized S&C : an old English court abolished in 1641 that exercised wide civil and criminal jurisdiction under rules of procedure suited to the prerogatives of the king and that was marked by secrecy, the absence of juries, self-incrimination, and an inquisitorial as opposed to accusatorial system of justice

2 : a tribunal or proceeding resembling the Star Chamber especially in being secretive or arbitrary

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