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or•deal



Pronunciation: (ôr-dēl', -dē'ul, ôr'dēl), Strict Standards: Non-static method FenSites::linkTo() should not be called statically in /site/html/dictionary/ordeal.html on line 73 [key]
n.
1. any extremely severe or trying test, experience, or trial.
2. a primitive form of trial to determine guilt or innocence by subjecting the accused person to fire, poison, or other serious danger, the result being regarded as a divine or preternatural judgment.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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