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English definition of “ordeal”

ordeal

noun [C] uk   /ɔːˈdɪəl/ us    /ɔːr-/
C2 a very unpleasant and painful or difficult experience: The hostages' ordeal came to an end when soldiers stormed the building.Difficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters
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