What does ordeal mean?

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

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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

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

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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

Examples of ordeal in a Sentence

  1. Tony Fernandes:

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

  2. Harvey Humphrey:

    I am extremely glad that this ordeal will be over by this afternoon.

  3. Doug Jehl:

    He wasn't sure until the plane took off that it was the end of his ordeal.

  4. Bob Pierce:

    It's been a terrible ordeal for the families and hopefully they can move on from this.

  5. Doug Jehl:

    Ali Rezaian wasn't sure until the plane took off that it was the end of Ali Rezaian ordeal.

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