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show trial

noun
1.
(especially in a totalitarian state) the public trial of a political offender conducted chiefly for propagandistic purposes, as to suppress further dissent against the government by making an example of the accused.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
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British Dictionary definitions for show trial

show trial

noun
1.
a trial conducted primarily to make a particular impression on the public or on other nations, esp one that demonstrates the power of the state over the individual
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