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or·deal

ordeal

 
 
pronunciation:
or dil
part of speech: noun
definition: a painful, difficult experience, or test of one's character.
My parents' divorce was an ordeal for them and for me.
synonyms:
trial
similar words:
adversity, affliction, blow, calamity, cross, disaster, grief, hardship, misery, nightmare, torment, torture, trauma, trouble