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A trial, widely publicized and seemingly open and fair, of a person regarded as a political subversive or ideological dissident, in which a verdict of guilty is assured by means of false evidence, a forced confession, etc.
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A trial held for appearance's sake, but for which the verdict is predetermined; especially when the verdict is "guilty", and the purpose of the trial is to make an example of the accused. [1937]
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