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.
any tribunal, committee, or the like, which proceeds by arbitrary or unfair methods.
(English history) the Privy Council sitting as a court of equity, esp powerful under the Tudor monarchs; abolished 1641
(sometimes not capitals) any arbitrary tribunal dispensing summary justice
(sometimes not capitals) (in Britain, in a Conservative government) a group of senior ministers who make the final decision on the public spending of each government department
Star Chamber definition
A royal court that began in England in the Middle Ages; cases were heard there without juries. Under the early Stuart kings, it was known for its tyrannical judgments. The name came from the courtroom’s ceiling, which was painted with stars.
Note: Star Chamber is used as a general descriptive term for arbitrary tactics by a judge.
noun 1. Astronomy. a chart or map showing the relative apparent positions of the stars, as seen from the earth, in a particular area of the sky.
or starchblock noun 1. a substance ingested in the belief that it inhibits the body’s ability to metabolize starch and thereby promotes weight loss: declared illegal in the U.S. by the FDA.
noun 1. a white, tasteless, solid carbohydrate, (C 6 H 1 0 O 5) n , occurring in the form of minute granules in the seeds, tubers, and other parts of plants, and forming an important constituent of rice, corn, wheat, beans, potatoes, and many other vegetable foods. 2. a commercial preparation of this substance […]
adjective, starchier, starchiest. 1. of, relating to, or of the nature of starch. 2. containing starch. 3. stiffened with starch. 4. stiff and formal, as in manner. adjective starchier, starchiest 1. of, relating to, or containing starch: starchy foods 2. extremely formal, stiff, or conventional: a starchy manner 3. stiffened with starch stand up for […]