trial by ordeal

trial by or·​deal | \ -ȯr-ˈdēl, -ˈȯr-ˌdēl\

Legal Definition of trial by ordeal

: a formerly used criminal trial in which the guilt or innocence of the accused was determined by subjection to dangerous or painful tests (as submersion in water) believed to be under divine control

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