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ORDEAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ordeal mean? 

ORDEAL (noun)
  The noun ORDEAL has 2 senses:

1. a severe or trying experience
2. 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

  Familiarity information: ORDEAL used as a noun is rare.


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ORDEAL (noun)


Sense 1ordeal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A severe or trying experience

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("ordeal" is a kind of...):

experience (an event as apprehended)


Sense 2ordeal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

trial by ordeal; ordeal

Hypernyms ("ordeal" is a kind of...):

trial ((law) the determination of a person's innocence or guilt by due process of law)


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