ordeal


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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 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.
How he happened to have come to Africa he did not tell them, leaving them to assume he had forgotten the incidents of his life prior to the frightful ordeals that had wrecked him mentally and physically.
BADIN -- A 14- year old boy of Turk community was reportedly gang-raped at gunpoint by some four teenage boys in Badin and video was recorded the entire ordeal. The police was avoiding arresting involved suspects and trying to give them favor by removing their names from the case, victim's parents alleged.
A Hong Kong legislator on Saturday expressed concern on the ordeal experienced by former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario and former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales at the hands of Chinese authorities saying the Hong Kong immigration department is totally under the control of Beijing.
Nine hikers were were reportedly lost while on a Christmas Day hike up the hills from Chin Farm in Batu Ferringhi have been safely rescued, ending their 10-hour ordeal.
Det Insp Kerrie Martin, overseeing the investigation, said: "Clearly this was a terrifying ordeal for those involved, made all the worse by the fact that one of the victims is pregnant.