Ordeal - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɔːrˈdiːl|  American pronunciation of the word ordeal
Brit.  |ɔːˈdiːəl|  British pronunciation of the word ordeal


- a severe or trying experience
- 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


...the hikers were finally rescued after a three-day ordeal in the wilderness...

She then had to go through the ordeal of giving evidence.

She was forced to face the ordeal of withdrawal symptoms.

He was beginning to wonder if he would survive the ordeal.

Teresa had a transplant in 1989 and was just recovering from that ordeal when she suffered a brain hemorrhage.

Soon the whole terrifying ordeal would be over.

He is resting comfortably after his ordeal.

They tried to remain composed throughout the ordeal.

The ordeal taught her humility.

...she has put up a strangely pococurante front throughout this whole ordeal...

Thankfully she had been spared the ordeal of surgery.

Throughout the whole ordeal, she remained true to her husband.

the wait was an ordeal for him

Word forms

singular: ordeal
plural: ordeals
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