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n
(Law) 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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n.
the public trial of a political offender conducted chiefly for propagandist purposes.
[1945–50]
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Noun1.show trial - a trial held for show; the guilt of the accused person has been decided in advance
trial - (law) the determination of a person's innocence or guilt by due process of law; "he had a fair trial and the jury found him guilty"; "most of these complaints are settled before they go to trial"
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show trial

nprocesso a scopo dimostrativo (spesso ideologico)
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