ordeal by fire


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ordeal by fire

An outdated form of trial in which an accused person was physically subjected to fire. The belief was that God would save those who were truly innocent. The accused witches have been sentenced to ordeal by fire so that we may know whether they are guilty of these charges.
See also: fire
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The atmosphere was electric as the Geordies showed they were ready for the ordeal by fire.
This was an ordeal by fire, of which he has given an account in his classic primer for law school students, One L.
Ruin came suddenly when one of his disciples accepted an ordeal by fire to prove Savonarola's holiness.
With the publication of Ordeal by Fire (1982) and Battle Cry of Freedom (1988), McPherson, a historian at Princeton University, established himself as America's most eminent and accessible chronicler of the Civil War.
The final chapter, after the agni parishka, the ritual ordeal by fire which actually is the instrument of her liberation, and after Wynn's death, serves as an epilogue: Dev leaves her, probably not to return; and alone, Anjali finds peace and the hope of a new beginning in the company of her Moslem friend Fatmah, "Fatmah-la-Balance.
For the most part, the book reads more like the breathless, feverish jottings of a college intern going through his ordeal by fire than the work of a professional journalist: "If we could somehow pull it off," the author muses, "it would be the journalistic equivalent of walking on the moon .
So Tranmere's defenders can't expect to be spared their ordeal by fire.
EVERY working day is an ordeal by fire for Sarah Haynes,a vegetable buyer with Tesco.
The atmosphere inside the Stadium of Light was electric as the Geordies - backed by 2,000 fans in a crowd of 42,192 - showed they were ready for the ordeal by fire.
But both Rama and the people fear that Sita has been defiled by her sojourn with the demon - king, and although she successfully undergoes an ordeal by fire, Rama sends her away.
He has come through an ordeal by fire, overcome problems with injuries and fading belief that might have consumed lesser managers.
And while Didier Drogba showed why Chelsea are the comeback kings by claiming his 30th of the season to cancel out David Silva's stunner and keep the tie on a knife-edge, the Blues will have to withstand their ordeal by fire in the Mestalla and show the resolve of true champions to emerge triumphant.
Crouch has survived an ordeal by fire in his first season at Anfield, waiting 19 games to get off the mark and suffering the indignity of being mocked by England supporters during the qualifying win over Austria.