Meaning of “show trial” in the English Dictionary

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"show trial" in British English

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show trialnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈʃəʊ ˌtraɪəl/ us /ˈʃoʊ ˌtraɪəl/

a trial organized by a government in order to have an effect on public opinion and reduce political opposition, and not in order to find the truth

(Definition of “show trial” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)