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a state of pain or anguish that tests one's resiliency and character

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a severe or trying experience

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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

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Altogether, Anne sighed with relief when the ordeal was over.
Both hunger and thirst assailed her now, and realizing that she must descend or die of starvation, she at last summoned courage to undertake the ordeal of continuing her journey through the jungle.
She was resigned to the ordeal. Her face was calm; her mind was clear.
And Michael went through the humiliating ordeal of being jerked erect on his hind legs by Johnny while Collins with the stick cracked him under the jaw and across the knees.
The idea, however, that his wife was suffering ill-effects from her terrible ordeal, braced him up.
The fact is it exhausts all his stock of courage to look one woman in the face, and it would be simply impossible for him to go through the ordeal with a second.
Philip thought it was a severe ordeal that the young man was being exposed to, since Athelny, in his brown velvet jacket, flowing black tie, and red tarboosh, was a startling spectacle for an innocent electrical engineer.
The loneliness and the horror of the place commenced to get on his nerves--already weakened by the ordeal of suffering and sickness he had passed through.
He listened to the Rhetor in silence, feeling from all he said that his ordeal was about to begin.
But he also gripped my hand, like one who knew that it would be an ordeal not to laugh.
According to media reports, this demand has been made by the citizens saying that traffic congestion spirals out of control at these two chowks during rush hours of morning and evening times and the vehicles line up in long queues for long hours even the ambulances get sandwiched and the patients lying therein have to pass through ordeals upon ordeals while no ray of hope glimmers of their coming out of the long rows of vehicles.
She was finally brought to justice after four of her victims, twins Kevin and Thomas Timlin, Rebecca Forrester and Adele McGuire, bravely relived their ordeals.
The Bulgarian Orthodox Chruch will come out stronger from its ordeals after the announcing of a number of senior clergy's affiliation with ex-communist secret services, said Plovdiv biship Nikolay.
Defendants' rights were already protected, she said, but while wealthy celebrities were pursuing injunctions to protect their privacy in the High Court, victims' families were being put through traumatic ordeals in the witness box.