A difficult or painful knowledge, especially one which seriously tests personality or endurance. See Synonyms at trial.
a technique of trial where the accused had been subjected to actually painful or dangerous examinations, the end result becoming thought to be a divine wisdom of guilt or purity.
an agonizing or trying experience.
an effort where the accused ended up being subjected to a dangerous test (such as for example ducking in water), divine authority determining the shame of this accused.
An ancient form of test to determine guilt or innocence, by appealing to a supernatural decision, -- once common in Europe, and still practiced in the East and by savage tribes.
Any serious test, or test; an unpleasant knowledge.
a type of test to determine shame or innocence, formerly practised in European countries, and still in parts of the East by various savage tribes.
A severe trial; trying circumstances; a severe test of courage, endurance, determination, etc.
Synonyms verification, research, touchstone.
a severe or attempting knowledge
a primitive approach to deciding a person's shame or innocence by exposing the accused individual dangerous or painful tests believed to be under divine control; escape was frequently taken as a sign of purity