What does ORDEAL mean?

Definitions for ORDEAL
ɔrˈdil, -ˈdi əl, ˈɔr dilor·deal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ordealnoun

    a severe or trying experience

  2. ordeal, trial by ordealnoun

    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. ordealnoun

    a painful or trying experience

  2. ordealnoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ORDEALnoun

    A trial by fire or water, by which the person accused appealed to heaven, by walking blindfold over hot bars of iron; or being thrown, I suppose, into the water; whence the vulgar trial of witches.

    Etymology: ordal , Sax. ordalium, low Lat. ordalie, Fr.

    Their ordeal laws they used in doubtful cases, when clear proofs wanted. George Hakewill, on Providence.

    In the time of king John, the purgation per ignem et aquam, or the trial by ordeal continued; but it ended with this king. Matthew Hale.


  1. ordeal

    An ordeal is a difficult or painful experience, especially one that severely tests a person's character, endurance, or resolution. It can also refer to an ancient method of judgment, where the accused was subjected to some dangerous or painful tests believed to be under divine control.

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.

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  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

Examples of ORDEAL in a Sentence

  1. Becky Anderson:

    The wound on her leg is healing up nicely and she has settled right back into her normal way of life, she lost about ten pounds through the ordeal but other than that, you would never know anything had happened.

  2. Brad Schimel:

    We hope the family and friends of Ms. Halbach can find comfort in knowing this ordeal has finally come to a close.

  3. Adam Ottavino:

    I think if you see my body language during the game, it was pretty clear I was stung by the whole ordeal.

  4. Josh Donaldson:

    Hitters have never really cared about sunscreen, rosin and pine tar. We haven’t cared about that because it’s not a performance enhancement. What these guys are doing now are performance-enhancing, to where it is an actual superglue-type of ordeal, to where it’s not about command anymore, now, it’s about who’s throwing the nastiest pitches, the more unhittable pitches.

  5. Eric Greitens:

    This ordeal has been designed to cause an incredible amount of strain on my family, millions of dollars of mounting legal bills, endless personal attacks designed to cause maximum damage to family and friends. Legal harassment of colleagues, friends and campaign workers and it's clear that for the forces that oppose us, there is no end in sight. I can not allow those forces to continue to cause pain and difficulty to the people that I love.

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