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Definition of Trial by ordeal

Trial by ordeal Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
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1. a primitive method of determining a person's guilt or innocence by subjecting the accused person to dangerous or painful tests believed to be under divine control; escape was usually taken as a sign of innocence
(synonym) ordeal
(hypernym) trial
Trial by ordeal Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries Legal Dictionary
The trial of a criminal or civil action, in medieval England, by torture or drowning. - (read more on Trial by Ordeal)
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Trial by ordeal Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Trial by ordeal was an ancient judicial practice by which the guilt or innocence of the accused was determined by subjecting them to an unpleasant, usually dangerous experience. Classically, the test was one of life or death and the proof of innocence was survival. In some cases, the accused was considered innocent if they escaped injury or if their injuries healed (or sometimes the reverse: see below, "Ordeal of cold water").

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