- n. law : Archaic practice by which a person accused of a crime could prove his innocence by his survival of physically painful tests.
- n. 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
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Inspired in part by the Metropolitan Police Act of 1839. Can include activities that are outlawed now, were outlawed once, are outlawed in some places and not others. Weird surprises welcome.
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