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This is the hope that beckons us onward in this century of trial.

And then, when the cover was removed, came the time of trial to your correspondent.

We would advise all who are about to begin the study of languages to give it a trial.

It is true that he hath not come to trial, but the trial hath come to him.

You see, Burke, you couldn't in a trial even repeat what he told you.

The country doctor had come, too, finding Tillie's trial not imminent.

So Allis was really glad at the near approach of the time of her trial.

His work since his trial with The Dutchman had been quite satisfactory.

As they drove along Crane brought up the subject of the trial.

"When the trial come off," answered the old man, raising his head again.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "act or process of testing," from Anglo-French trial, noun formed from triet "to try" (see try). Sense of "examining and deciding a case in a court of law" is first recorded 1570s; extended to any ordeal by 1590s. As an adjectival phrase, trial-and-error is recorded from 1806. Trial balloon (1939) is congnate of French ballon d'essai.

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