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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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.
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.
The task of the "proband"--the ordeal taker--was, as Bishop Eberhard of Bamberg's 12th century breviary instructed, to "plunge his hand into the boiling water" and pluck it out.
A MAN is in a stable condition in hospital after being beaten by masked men during an abduction ordeal.
The 49-year-old, of Glenrothes, said her ordeal started after care workers left at 11.
The ordeal in September 2015 was so horrendous that Eva, who lived independently, has never returned to her home of more than 50 years and now lives in a nursing facility.
Joan's ordeal follows our revelation two weeks ago that Madge Bazley, 82, faces a daily 260-mile, five-hour round trip, also from Furness, to see dementia victim husband Bill, 82, in Dewsbury, Yorkshire.
A TEENAGE girl was subjected to a terrifying ordeal by a man who sexually assaulted and robbed her in broad daylight.
The ordeal Police said the accused brothers lived in a 12x12 ( 144 sq ft) slum tenement at Wadala truck terminal with their mother and two sisters and would allegedly take turns to rape their sisters.