a severe or trying experience
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
a painful or trying experience
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
Origin: From *, ordal, from ordel, ordal, from uzdailaz, equivalent to . Cognate with oardiel, oordeel, Urteil.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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
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.
The numerical value of ordeal in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of ordeal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
We will go through this terrible ordeal together, be strong.
I am extremely glad that this ordeal will be over by this afternoon.
He wasn't sure until the plane took off that it was the end of his ordeal.
Ali Rezaian wasn't sure until the plane took off that it was the end of Ali Rezaian ordeal.
His ordeal is a cautionary tale to any investor who thinks the Cuban playing field is level.
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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- těžká zkouškaCzech
- Tortur, Gottesurteil, FeuerprobeGerman
- δεινοπάθημα, δοκιμασίαGreek
- ordalía, prueba del fuego, calvarioSpanish
- امتحان سخت برای اثبات بیگناهایPersian
- épreuve, calvaire, ordalieFrench
- megpróbáltatás, kálvária, tortúraHungarian
- 시 죄법Korean
- премреже, божји судMacedonian
- beproeving, ontbering, kwellingDutch
- prøvelse, slitNorwegian
- ordalie, calvar, chinRomanian
- орда́лии, [[суровый, суд бо́жийRussian
- pina, prövning, gudsdom, pärsSwedish
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