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Definition 1: a primitive method of determining a person's guilt or innocence by subjecting the accused person to dangerous or painful tests believed to be under divine control; escape was usually taken as a sign of innocence - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for ordeal in the sense of this definition

(ordeal is a kind of ...) (law) the determination of a person's innocence or guilt by due process of law

"he had a fair trial and the jury found him guilty" "most of these complaints are settled before they go to trial"

Definition 2: a severe or trying experience - [noun denoting event]

(ordeal is a kind of ...) an event as apprehended

"a surprising experience" "that painful experience certainly got our attention"

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