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or·deal

 (ôr-dēl′)
n.
1. A difficult or painful experience, especially one that severely tests character or endurance. See Synonyms at trial.
2. A method of trial in which the accused was subjected to pain or danger as a means of invoking God's intercession, with the outcome regarded as revealing a divine determination of guilt or innocence.

[Alteration (influenced by deal) of Middle English ordal, trial by ordeal, from Old English ordāl; see dail- in Indo-European roots.]

ordeal

(ɔːˈdiːl)
n
1. a severe or trying experience
2. (Historical Terms) history a method of trial in which the guilt or innocence of an accused person was determined by subjecting him or her to physical danger, esp by fire or water. The outcome was regarded as an indication of divine judgment
[Old English ordāl, ordēl; related to Old Frisian ordēl, Old High German urteili (German Urteil) verdict. See deal1, dole1]

or•deal

(ɔrˈdil, -ˈdi əl, ˈɔr dil)

n.
1. any extremely severe or trying test, experience, or trial.
2. a former method of trial used to determine guilt or innocence by subjecting the accused person to serious physical danger, the result being regarded as a divine judgment.
[before 950; Middle English ordal, Old English ordāl; c. Old Frisian ordēl, Old Saxon urdēli, Old High German urteili]

ordeal

- From Old English ordel, "judgment," figuratively, an experience testing endurance, patience, courage, etc.—also a test of guilt or innocence that was one of severe pain or torture.
See also related terms for torture.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ordeal - a severe or trying experience
experience - an event as apprehended; "a surprising experience"; "that painful experience certainly got our attention"
2.ordeal - a primitive method of determining a person's guilt or innocence by subjecting the accused person to dangerous or painful tests believed to be under divine control; escape was usually taken as a sign of innocence
trial - (law) the determination of a person's innocence or guilt by due process of law; "he had a fair trial and the jury found him guilty"; "most of these complaints are settled before they go to trial"

ordeal

noun hardship, trial, difficulty, test, labour, suffering, trouble(s), nightmare, burden, torture, misery, agony, torment, anguish, toil, affliction, tribulation(s), baptism of fire the painful ordeal of identifying the body
delight, pleasure, joy, happiness, enjoyment, bliss, elation, gladness

ordeal

noun
A state of pain or anguish that tests one's resiliency and character:
Translations
مِحْنَه، إمْتِحان صَعْبمُصِيبَة
utrpení
prøvelse
koettelemus
kušnja
òrekraun
苦しい体験
시련
smags pārdzīvojums
tvrdá skúška
težka preizkušnja
prövning
ประสบการณ์ที่ทารุณ
büyük çileçetin sınav
sự thử thách

ordeal

[ɔːˈdiːl] N
1. (= bad experience) → terrible experiencia f
it was a terrible ordealfue una experiencia terrible
after such an ordealdespués de tan terrible experiencia
exams are an ordeal for mepara mí los exámenes son un suplicio
2. (Hist) → ordalías fpl
ordeal by fireordalías fpl del fuego

ordeal

[ɔːrˈdiːl] népreuve f

ordeal

n
Tortur f; (stronger, long-lasting) → Martyrium nt; (= torment, emotional ordeal)Qual f
(Hist: = trial) → Gottesurteil nt; ordeal by fire/waterFeuer-/Wasserprobe f

ordeal

[ɔːˈdiːl] nesperienza traumatica

ordeal

(oːˈdiːl) noun
a difficult, painful experience. Being kidnapped was an ordeal for the child.

ordeal

مُصِيبَة utrpení prøvelse Qual δοκιμασία suplicio koettelemus épreuve kušnja prova ardua 苦しい体験 시련 beproeving prøvelse ciężka próba provação суровое испытание prövning ประสบการณ์ที่ทารุณ çetin sınav sự thử thách 折磨
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In ten minutes Jo came running downstairs with a very red face and the general appearance of a person who had just passed through a trying ordeal of some sort.
With almost a serene deportment, therefore, Hester Prynne passed through this portion of her ordeal, and came to a sort of scaffold, at the western extremity of the market-place.
I could only get on at all by taking "nature" into my confidence and my account, by treating my monstrous ordeal as a push in a direction unusual, of course, and unpleasant, but demanding, after all, for a fair front, only another turn of the screw of ordinary human virtue.
I was holily grateful to be through with the ordeal, and was about to make my good-bys and get out, when the girl said:
Wilson stole a glance at Tom, and said to himself, "He is flying signals of distress now; even people who despise him are pitying him; they think this is a hard ordeal for a young fellow who has lost his benefactor by so cruel a stroke--and they are right.
It was a genuine relief to the whole congregation when the ordeal was over and the benediction pronounced.
She had seen the pallor creep into the girl's face, the hunted look in her eyes, and the trembling of the lashes on her cheeks, and realized the ordeal through which she was passing.
Miss Garth left her when the overture began, sitting apart in a corner behind the scenes, serious and silent, with her smelling-bottle in one hand, and her book in the other, resolutely training herself for the coming ordeal, to the very last.
The next domestic trial we went through, was the Ordeal of Servants.
After another hour Lucy waked from her sleep, fresh and bright and seemingly not much the worse for her terrible ordeal.
But his majesty's decision is always necessary; and I inform you with regret that no one becomes a Musketeer without the preliminary ordeal of several campaigns, certain brilliant actions, or a service of two years in some other regiment less favored than ours.
He had, of course, been impatient under the ordeal of this speech.