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

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

  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

    Etymology: 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.

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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. Emeasoba George:

    I don't know what you're passing through now or what is passing through you presently, it could be a setback, an ordeal, a disappointment or stuffs like that. Notwithstanding, never give up. Rather, hang on and hang in there i.e. be/remain persistent and hopeful no matter what happens. For, things will sooner or later turn out for the good/better even beyond your expectation/imagination.

  2. David Gerger:

    Releasing Khosrow Afghahi is the correct result, he is a good man, and we are happy to put this ordeal behind him.

  3. Photographer Kevin Ebi:

    Don’t worry: the fox was fine. It shook off the encounter and resumed playing with its fellow kits. I took several pictures of it after the ordeal and couldn’t find a single scratch.

  4. Jamela Dunbar:

    On the day of Armageddon, the human race will be extinct from Plant Earth. The water will swallow up the lands. And the lands will rise up again, barren as before, and a new species of living beings will inhabit Planet Earth. With a higher level of intelligence unknown to humans. No human will survive this catastrophic ordeal. There will be no trace of the human race. Mother nature will repeat history, again. One Million years at a time. As no beginning, and as a world without end. Something humans will not live to tell.”

  5. Professor Thomas:

    In Samoa, men have elaborate tattoos inked on their thighs, buttocks and lower chest, it is a painful ordeal that requires a man to submit to the authority of the elders. When he emerges, he is celebrated as a hero.

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