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Definition of 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.

Synonyms:

crucible, trial by ordeal, visitation, easy.

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