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wager of battle

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Definition of wager of battle in English:

noun

historical
A form of trial by which someone’s guilt or innocence was decided by personal combat between the parties or their champions.
Example sentences
  • Lord Morley appears to have risen to repeat the accusation against Salisbury and the latter to have defied him to prove it by wager of battle.
  • In this trial, one of the contending parties issued a wager of battle, or challenge.
  • As the concept of summary execution and wager of battle became incompatible with emerging societal values, the law changed.

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