Trial by duel
Duel Du"el, n. [It. duello, fr. L. duellum, orig., a contest between two, which passed into the common form bellum war, fr. duo two: cf. F. duel. See {Bellicose}, {Two}, and cf. {Duello}.] A combat between two persons, fought with deadly weapons, by agreement. It usually arises from an injury done or an affront given by one to the other. [1913 Webster]

{Trial by duel} (Old Law), a combat between two persons for proving a cause; trial by battel. [1913 Webster]


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  • Trial by Battle or Combat — A form of trial often open to gentles of the knightly class, generally to fend off a charge of treason or dishonorable conduct. Generally fought to the death; the defeated opponent was generally removed from the lists and executed. See also… …   Medieval glossary

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