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Definition of Ordeal

Ordeal

  1. An ancient form of test to determine guilt or innocence, by appealing to a supernatural decision, -- once common in Europe, and still practiced in the East and by savage tribes.
  2. Any severe trial, or test; a painful experience.
  3. Of or pertaining to trial by ordeal.

Ordeal Quotations

I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
Winston Churchill

Men and women whose early youth was shaped in the ordeal of the Great Depression showed the values formed in that crucible when tyranny threatened a world.
Steve Buyer

The Nobel Prize has been a disturbance at the beginning of October for some years. It would be gratifying to win, but it would be quite an ordeal, too, with all the events which go on for two days. I'd think carefully about what I was doing the day it is announced and maybe not be around, or be around, but elsewhere.
Peter Higgs

Men do not fight for flag or country, for the Marine Corps or glory or any other abstraction. They fight for one another. And if you came through this ordeal, you would age with dignity.
William Manchester

The ordeal of virtue is to resist all temptation to evil.
Thomas Malthus
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Ordeal Translations

ordeal in German is Feuerprobe, Geduldsprobe
ordeal in Swedish is eldprov
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