What does the word ordeal mean?

Usage examples for ordeal

  1. It seemed that the worst of my ordeal was over. – A Minstrel In France by 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 by Hermann Hagedorn
  3. Can't you make the ordeal easier for her? – The Rustlers of Pecos County by Zane Grey