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(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.

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First recorded in 1945–50
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noun

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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