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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An outdated form of trial in which an accused person was physically subjected to fire.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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Police confirmed the victim was badly beaten with blunt objects during the ordeal.
This was a degrading, horrific, shocking & terrifying attack JUDGE MICHAEL O'SHEA on pensioner's ordeal
Detective Inspector Andy Leonard of Kirklees CID said: "The girl is now safe and well at home with her family recovering from her ordeal.
Fearing that the girl would talk about her ordeal, the mother withdrew her from her school two years ago," said a police official.
The judge went on: "You subjected her to a prolonged, sustained and utterly terrifying ordeal.
George, who takes 31 tablets every day, has been left terrified by the ordeal last Tuesday in Augustine Grove.
RSPCA Inspector Mike Pugh said: "It just goes to show that an ordinary dog walk can sometimes turn into an ordeal.
Al Mulla's ordeal came to an end after around 40 minutes, during which he was in constant touch with the police on his mobile phone.
The Bulgarian Orthodox Chruch will come out stronger from its ordeals after the announcing of a number of senior clergy's affiliation with ex-communist secret services, said Plovdiv biship Nikolay.
Louise Casey called for a new law to guarantee the rights of victims' families to help them cope better with the ordeal of going through the justice system.
DAZED Tyneside tycoon Sir Lawrie Barratt was today recovering from an horrific ordeal at his country mansion.
Summary: Rachel and Paul Chandler have been reliving their kidnap ordeal at the hands of Somali pirates.
The grey mare called Llinos, spent 12 hours overnight after she slipped into cold water at Tremadog, near Porthmadog, on Throughout the ordeal her little foal kept watch nearby, on Wednesday, August 4.
Cultural-political anthropologist Joseph Ginat presents Bedouin Bisha'h Justice: Ordeal by Fire, a scholarly look at the judicial practice of trials by ordeal--where guilt or innocence is determined by forcing the accused to undergo a painful task--which originated in Bedouin societies and is still practiced in parts of rural Egypt today.