Definitions for ordealɔrˈdil, -ˈdi əl, ˈɔr dil

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ordeal(noun)

    a severe or trying experience

  2. ordeal, trial by ordeal(noun)

    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


  1. ordeal(Noun)

    a painful or trying experience

  2. ordeal(Noun)

    a trial in which the accused was subjected to a dangerous test (such as ducking in water), divine authority deciding the guilt of the accused

  3. Origin: From *, ordal, from ordel, ordal, from uzdailaz, equivalent to . Cognate with oardiel, oordeel, Urteil.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Ordeal

    a test by fire, water, poison, wager of battle, or the like, of the innocence or guilt of persons in appeal thereby to the judgment of God in default of other evidence, on the superstitious belief that by means of it God would interfere to acquit the innocent and condemn the guilty, a test very often had recourse to among savage or half-civilised nations.

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  1. Laredo

  2. reload

  3. loader

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