Kangaroo-court definition

A mock court, especially one hastily improvised or irregularly conducted.
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A court characterized by dishonesty or incompetence.
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An unauthorized, irregular court, usually disregarding normal legal procedure, as one in a frontier region.
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Any tribunal in which judgment is rendered arbitrarily or unfairly.
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Pejorative. Of an unfair court, in which justice cannot be obtained.
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(idiomatic) A judicial or quasi-judicial proceeding, or a group which conducts such proceedings, which is without proper authority, abusive, or otherwise unjust.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
kangaroo-court
Plural:
kangaroo-courts

Origin of kangaroo-court

  • First attested 1853 in a Texas context, possibly from the notion of proceeding by leaps or because the kangaroo's appearance defies nature.

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