Definition of ordeal
- ordeal by fire
- ordeal by water
- Being trapped in an elevator was a harrowing ordeal for the shoppers.
the hikers were finally rescued after a three-day ordeal in the wilderness
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baptism of fire;
: an experience that is very unpleasant or difficult
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