ordeal

  • 1 Ordeal — Or de*al ([^o]r d[ e]*al), n. [AS. ord[=a]l, ord[=ae]l, a judgment; akin to D. oordeel, G. urteil, urtheil; orig., what is dealt out, the prefix or being akin to [=a] compounded with verbs, G. er , ur , Goth. us , orig. meaning, out. See {Deal},… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 ORDEAL — ORDEAL, the generic term for the various ways and means by which divine judgment would be ascertained. The most common form of ordeal, which survived long into the Middle Ages and beyond, was entirely unknown to biblical as well as to later… …

    Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • 3 ordeal — index aggravation (annoyance), burden, infliction, nuisance, pain, trouble Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 Ordeal — Or de*al, a. Of or pertaining to trial by ordeal. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 Ordeal — may refer to The American title of What Happened to the Corbetts, a 1939 novel by Nevil Shute Trial by ordeal, the judicial practice This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an …

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  • 6 ordeal — (n.) O.E. ordel, lit. judgment, verdict, from P.Gmc. noun *uzdailjam (Cf. O.S. urdeli, O.Fris. urdel, Du. oordeel, Ger. urteil judgment ), lit. that which is dealt out (by the gods), from *uzdailijan share out, related to O.E. adælan to deal out… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 ordeal — [n] trouble, suffering affliction, agony, anguish, calamity, calvary, cross, crucible, difficulty, distress, nightmare, test, torment, torture, trial, tribulation, visitation; concepts 674,728 Ant. happiness, pleasure …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 ordeal — ► NOUN 1) a prolonged painful or horrific experience. 2) an ancient test of guilt or innocence in which the accused was subjected to severe pain, survival of which was taken as divine proof of innocence. ORIGIN Old English …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 ordeal — [ôr dēl′, ôr′dēl΄] n. [ME ordal < OE, akin to Ger urteil, judgment < WGmc * uzdailjo , what is dealt out < * uzdailjan, to deal out, allot, adjudge < * uz , out + * dailjan < * dails, a part, share] 1. an ancient method of trial in …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 ordeal — or|deal [o:ˈdi:l, ˈo:di:l US o:rˈdi:l, ˈo:rdi:l] n [: Old English; Origin: ordal trial, judgment ] a terrible or painful experience that continues for a period of time ordeal of ▪ She then had to go through the ordeal of giving evidence. ▪ She… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 ordeal — The most ancient species of trial, in Saxon and old English law, being peculiarly distinguished by the appellation of judicium Dei, or judgment of God, it being supposed that supernatural intervention would rescue an innocent person from the… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 12 ordeal — /awr deel , dee euhl, awr deel/, n. 1. any extremely severe or trying test, experience, or trial. 2. a primitive form of trial to determine guilt or innocence by subjecting the accused person to fire, poison, or other serious danger, the result… …

    Universalium

  • 13 ordeal — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ long ▪ entire (esp. AmE), whole ▪ My family has supported me through this whole ordeal. ▪ dreadful (esp. BrE), horrible (esp. AmE) …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 ordeal — n. 1) to undergo an ordeal 2) a terrible, trying ordeal 3) (an) ordeal by fire; water * * * [ɔː diːl] trying ordeal water (an) ordeal by fire a terrible to undergo an ordeal …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 15 ordeal — The most ancient species of trial for criminal offenses, founded upon the belief of the ancients that if a man were innocent, God would save him from death or injury when he was subjected to an ordeal. See 4 Bl Comm 342. See also Hurtado v… …

    Ballentine's law dictionary

  • 16 Ordeal — A method of trial in which the accused was given a physical test (usually painful and/or dangerous) which could be met successfully only if they were innocent. Eg. Ordeal by fire. ♦ A form of proof in a court of law, by which a divine sign of… …

    Medieval glossary

  • 17 ordeal — [[t]ɔː(r)di͟ːl[/t]] ordeals N COUNT: usu sing, oft with poss If you describe an experience or situation as an ordeal, you think it is difficult and unpleasant. ...the painful ordeal of the last eight months... She described her agonising ordeal …

    English dictionary

  • 18 ordeal — noun (C) a terrible or painful experience (+ of): the ordeal of having your child kidnapped | it is an ordeal to do sth: Some people find it an ordeal to appear before the TV camera …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 ordeal */ — UK [ɔː(r)ˈdiːl] / US [ɔrˈdɪl] noun [countable] Word forms ordeal : singular ordeal plural ordeals an extremely unpleasant experience, especially one that lasts for a long time They have suffered a terrible ordeal …

    English dictionary

  • 20 ordeal — Synonyms and related words: Sabbat, acid test, adversity, affliction, anguish, assay, blank determination, brouillon, calvary, criterion, cross, crucial test, crucible, determination, disaster, distress, docimasy, essay, feeling out, fiery ordeal …

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