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An outdated form of trial in which an accused person was physically subjected to fire.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: by, fire
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EVERY working day is an ordeal by fire for Sarah Haynes,a vegetable buyer with Tesco.
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.
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.