In a Dutch television broadcast just a few days ago, Golberg spoke out about the ordeal he went through.
After the ordeal was over, Mohamed said he was happy to have his son back unharmed, and reluctant to cast blame.
Every visit to a hospital is an ordeal but for those who cannot pay for private care the experience is a horror show.
It is true that Smart has talked about her ordeal numerous times.
Ultimately, two of them survived, after a harrowing two-week ordeal, 3,000 feet underground.
This ordeal did not damp their courage; soon came to close quarters with foe.
What right had that great calf to subject Nancy to such an ordeal?
In the progress of civilization, law has superseded the ordeal by battle; and law must now supersede this conflict.
How he wished he was on the other side of it, and that the ordeal was over!
But Villalobas, a broken old man, was so grieved by the disgrace that he survived the ordeal only a few days.
Old English ordel, ordal, "trial by physical test," literally "judgment, verdict," from Proto-Germanic noun *uzdailjam (cf. Old Saxon urdeli, Old Frisian urdel, Dutch oordeel, German urteil "judgment"), literally "that which is dealt out" (by the gods), from *uzdailijan "share out," related to Old English adælan "to deal out" (see deal (n.1)). Curiously absent in Middle English, and perhaps reborrowed 16c. from Medieval Latin or Middle French, which got it from Germanic.
The notion is of the kind of arduous physical test (such as walking blindfolded and barefoot between red-hot plowshares) that was believed to determine a person's guilt or innocence by immediate judgment of the deity, an ancient Teutonic mode of trial. English retains a more exact sense of the word; its cognates in German, etc., have been generalized.
Metaphoric extension to "anything which tests character or endurance" is attested from 1650s. The prefix or- survives in English only in this word, but was common in Old English and other Germanic languages (Gothic ur-, Old Norse or-, etc.) and originally was an adverb and preposition meaning "out."