Definition of ordeal noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

ordeal

 noun
noun
NAmE//ɔrˈdil//
 
[usually singular]ordeal (of something/of doing something)
 
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a difficult or unpleasant experience They 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 expected.
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