ordeal

Part of speech: noun

A trying experience; severe test.

Part of speech: noun

A medieval form of trial, as by fire or poison.

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Usage examples "ordeal":

  1. It seemed that the worst of my ordeal was over. - "A Minstrel In France", Harry Lauder.
  2. The encounter with " Ben Butler" brought a new element into Roosevelt's cowpunching experience, and made what remained of the round- up somewhat of an ordeal. - "Roosevelt in the Bad Lands", Hermann Hagedorn.
  3. Can't you make the ordeal easier for her? - "The Rustlers of Pecos County", Zane Grey.