What does ordeal mean?

Definitions for ordealɔrˈdil, -ˈdi əl, ˈɔr dil

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ordeal.

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

Wiktionary

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ordeal

    or′de-al, n. a dealing out or giving of just judgment: an ancient form of referring a disputed question to the judgment of God, by lot, fire, water, &c.: any severe trial or examination. [A.S. or-dél, or-dál; cf. Dut. oor-deel, Ger. ur-theil.]

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.

Anagrams for ordeal »

  1. Laredo

  2. reload

  3. loader

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ordeal in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ordeal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Tony Fernandes:

    We will go through this terrible ordeal together, be strong.

  2. Peter Kent:

    His ordeal is a cautionary tale to any investor who thinks the Cuban playing field is level.

  3. Winston Churchill:

    I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.

  4. Winston Churchill:

    I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.

  5. Mark Twain:

    I am prepared to meet anyone, but whether anyone is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.

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