trial by combat

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trial by battle or trial by combat
 
n
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
 
trial by combat or trial by combat
 
n

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