ordeal: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (ôr-dēl', -dē'ul, ôr'dēl), [key]
- any extremely severe or trying test, experience, or trial.
- a primitive form of trial to determine guilt or innocence by subjecting the accused person to fire, poison, or other serious danger, the result being regarded as a divine or preternatural judgment.
- ordeal (Thesaurus)