ordeal ordeal  /ɔr ˈdil/


  1. (n) a severe or trying experience
  2. (n) 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


  • PTI made many efforts to contact him through intermediaries but they were unsuccessful; Denny largely avoids the media and rarely speaks about his ordeal.


  1. Three Men Charged In Theft Of Chicken Statue

    The chicken has been returned to its rightful owner, but suffered a lacerated leg, cracked claw and scarring on its side from the ordeal.
    on July 6, 2013     Source: WCTV Tallahassee

  2. VIDEO: Flag Shirt Wearing Man Who Tackled the Escaped Inmate Speaks Out

    The flag-shirt wearing hero who tackled the Mansfield Correctional Facility escaped convict, James David Myers, on July 4 said he wasn't worried one bit about his personal safety during the ordeal.
    on July 6, 2013     Source: Cleveland Scene

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