Meaning of Star Chamber

Star' Cham"ber

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a former court of inquisitorial and criminal jurisdiction in England that sat without a jury and that became noted for its arbitrary methods and severe punishments, abolished 1641.
  2. any tribunal, committee, or the like, which proceeds by arbitrary or unfair methods.
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