Water ordeal

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Wa´ter or´de`al

n.1.Same as Ordeal by water. See the Note under Ordeal, n., 1.
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In a hot water ordeal, a priest boiled a cauldron of water into which he threw a stone or ring.
THE downgrading of a medievalstyle water ordeal used to assess workers for a medical condition could cost the UK Government as much as pounds 1bn in disablement benefits, it has emerged.
DETERMINED Girls carry water ORDEAL People fill containers with water in Finglas, North Dublin, yesterday
Since judicial torture was illegal in Sweden, it occurred infrequently within the Gota Court's jurisdiction (58); however, the equally illegal water ordeal was employed in the 1669-72 panic and even afterwards against accused witches (56-57).