[ US /ɔɹˈdiɫ/ ]
[ UK /ɔːdˈi‍əl/ ]
  1. a severe or trying experience
  2. 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
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How To Use ordeal In A Sentence

  • Mrs May claimed that evidence from the blonde-haired victim, who had had a baby since her ordeal, was unreliable.
  • Some of you may be surprised to see Mr. Jerrold here in person-in as much as our notice card intimated that he had been "liquidated" - which process we have come to understand in recent years is somewhat of an ordeal. The Present Condition of England
  • From his side of the racial divide, the ordeal of mobilization proved simply redundant.
  • To the surprise of many, he remains at the helm despite this most depressing afternoon of a season that has become an ongoing ordeal by fire. The Sun
  • Her ordeal began in November when she started having fits and convulsions despite no previous history of health problems.
  • He said the trek had been something of an ordeal over difficult terrain and there had been days of miserable weather with wind, rain and snow.
  • Thankfully she had been spared the ordeal of surgery.
  • There are similarities in the practices of both sects: initiation is by tearing out the hair, and the lifestyle is one of extreme austerity involving nakedness, penances, and ordeals.
  • Plucky Anna bounces back from her ordeal the next morning, so eager is she to get a Van Gogh back to the nice lady who deserves it, but a Romanian tycoon dispatches a tiny hit woman to steal the painting away. Touch of Evil
  • Five years ago lunch at this inner-city school was an ordeal rather than a pleasure. Times, Sunday Times
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