Definition of ordeal noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

ordeal

noun
ɔːˈdiːl
 
; ˈɔːdiːl
 
; ɔːrˈdiːl
 
 
[usually singular] ordeal (of something/of doing something) a difficult or unpleasant experienceThey are to be spared the ordeal of giving evidence in court.The hostages spoke openly about the terrible ordeal they had been through.The interview was less of an ordeal than she'd expected.
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