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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

Wiktionary

  1. ordealnoun

    a painful or trying experience

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

  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

    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

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  1. United States:

    Then came Rio Olympics. United States ' Missy Franklin had never been through anything like Rio Olympics before. There were plenty of tears, even as United States ' Missy Franklin tried to maintain United States ' Missy Franklin smiling, upbeat facade. It was brutal, United States ' Missy Franklin recalled. You are literally on the biggest stage in the world and falling short of every single goal youve set for yourself. You truly feel like youre embarrassing yourself. Yet, that was when United States ' Missy Franklin found something deep inside, something United States ' Missy Franklin always hoped was there but wouldnt really know until she went through such a trying ordeal. Its really easy to inspire people in success and when youre doing well. Its really hard to inspire people when youre failing, when youre falling on your butt, now I have to show up and be that person I always said I wanted to be in a situation like this. While this has been a solitary journey in many ways, Franklins husband has helped greatly in easing the transition from competitive swimming. When his wife-to-be was contemplating whether to have another surgery, he pointed out that there were far more important things still to come, that had nothing to do with being a star athlete. Theres always going to be a part of me thats still working through it, still reflecting and seeing what else I can take away from it.

  2. State Department spokeswomanMorgan Ortagus:

    We strongly urge Austins captors to release him and to end this painful ordeal, we call on anyone who may have information about Austins whereabouts - governments and individuals -- to work cooperatively with us to secure his safe release and to bring him home.

  3. Armand Sprecher:

    It wasn't so long ago that Ebola was a real and present danger, yet many people have reverted to traditional practices, it is surprising that the ordeal they went through has not been enough to maintain a change in behavior in the long term.

  4. Anuj Somany:

    Practically every man remains in delirium before marrying the woman that he would not meet the ordeal like that of other husbands at the hands of their wives, but soon after wedding all those thoughts start shattering before own eyes and the lucky one awakens to the marital life’s reality the very first.

  5. Tony Fernandes:

    This is my worst nightmare. But there is no stopping, i as your group CEO will be there through these hard times. We will go through this terrible ordeal together and I will try to see as many of you.

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