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Each time he came close to giving up he was jolted out of his despondency by a fresh physical ordeal. Times, Sunday Times (2016)All I can think is, what a terrifying ordeal. The Sun (2016)The harrowing ordeal was to last two hours. The Sun (2013)But the trial by ordeal through which he must pass is a fair one. Times, Sunday Times (2008)You subjected her to an extremely painful ordeal that beggars belief. Times, Sunday Times (2006)They would have been oblivious to the violence that had taken place and my continuing terrifying ordeal. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Her ordeal lasted little more than a minute. The Sun (2011)Normal routines like going to the shops became a terrifying ordeal. The Sun (2012)It was the most terrifying ordeal of my life. The Sun (2013) Trial by ordeal was abolished completely. BLOOD AGAINST THE SNOWS: The Tragic Story of Nepal's Royal Dynasty (2002)At last the ordeal was over. Christianity Today (2000)His ordeal lasted two days because the brother of the friend with whom he was arrested was a member of the militia. Times, Sunday Times (2012)That's what trial by ordeal would have been like. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Giving evidence was an ordeal but the trial 's outcome was a huge vindication. Times, Sunday Times (2013)I woke with a thumping head and flashes of being through a painful ordeal. Times, Sunday Times (2006)I rarely had an outward scar to show for my painful ordeals. Behind Closed Doors - advice for families with violence in the home (1988)My ordeal was finally over. The Sun (2012)Chile rejoiced, but the miners' ordeal was only beginning. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Families of other members of Pakistan's early teams experienced similar ordeals. Times, Sunday Times (2016)But he said he had been subjected to'a very unpleasant ordeal '. Times, Sunday Times (2008)To the surprise of many, he remains at the helm despite this most depressing afternoon of a season that has become an ongoing ordeal by fire. The Sun (2015)
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British English: ordeal /ɔːˈdiːl/ NOUN
An ordeal is an extremely unpleasant and difficult experience.
The attack was a terrifying ordeal for both victims.
- American English: ordeal
- Arabic: مُصِيبَة
- Brazilian Portuguese: provação
- Chinese: 折磨
- Croatian: kušnja
- Czech: utrpení
- Danish: prøvelse
- Dutch: beproeving
- European Spanish: suplicio
- Finnish: koettelemus
- French: épreuve difficulté
- German: Qual
- Greek: δοκιμασία
- Italian: prova ardua
- Japanese: 苦しい体験
- Korean: 시련
- Norwegian: prøvelse
- Polish: ciężka próba
- European Portuguese: provação
- Romanian: caznă
- Russian: суровое испытание
- Spanish: suplicio
- Swedish: prövning
- Thai: ประสบการณ์ที่ทารุณ
- Turkish: çetin sınav
- Ukrainian: тяжке випробування
- Vietnamese: sự thử thách
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