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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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How he happened to have come to Africa he did not tell them, leaving them to assume he had forgotten the incidents of his life prior to the frightful ordeals that had wrecked him mentally and physically.
Altogether, Anne sighed with relief when the ordeal was over.
But it is a terrible ordeal for a man to stand upright on his two legs unswaying, and decide that in all the universe he finds for himself but one freedom--namely, the anticipating of the day of his death.
The position was one of misery for all three; and not one of them would have been equal to enduring this position for a single day, if it had not been for the expectation that it would change, that it was merely a temporary painful ordeal which would pass over.
As this fearful ordeal we are about to pass through pictures itself to my fancy in all its dread sublimity, I begin to feel my fierce desire to converse with a genuine Emperor cooling down and passing away.
The girl was a prey to the nervous reaction from the frightful ordeal through which she had so recently passed, and in her overwrought state it seemed that never again should she dare descend to the ground among the fearsome dangers which infested the broad stretch of jungle that she knew must lie between herself and the nearest village of her faithful Waziri.
Horace shrank from the ordeal as Mercy shrank from it.
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.
She passed the ordeal of examination successfully, and accepted the wages offered with out a murmur.
She had carried herself bravely right to the moment of the ordeal, but the sight of the four horses, ranged two and two opposing her, with the thing patent that she was to hold in her hands the hooks on the double-trees and form the link that connected the two spans which were to pull in opposite directions--at the sight of this her courage failed her and she shrank back, drooping and cowering, her face buried in her hands.
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.