trial by battle

trial by combat

noun

history a method of trying an accused person or of settling a dispute by a personal fight between the two parties involved or, in some circumstances, their permitted champions, in the presence of a judge. It was introduced to England after the Norman Conquest and abolished in 1819

Nearby words

  1. triage,
  2. trial,
  3. trial and error,
  4. trial balance,
  5. trial balloon,
  6. trial by fire,
  7. trial court,
  8. trial denture,
  9. trial docket,
  10. trial examiner

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