from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ancient mode of trying an accused person by means of fire. See ordeal.
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Taking these various manifestations in order, and beginning with the alleged power of resisting the action of fire, the reader will not need to be reminded of many seemingly well-authenticated cases of escape from the fire-ordeal.
By the fire-ordeal the power of deciding was just as unequivocally left in their hands.
The clergy would not consent to a mode of settlement which they considered impious, but had no objection to try the merits of each chant by the fire-ordeal.