|Origin:||ordal 'trial, judgment'|
go though an ordeal face an ordeal survive an ordeal recover from an ordeal spare somebody the ordeal of doing something (=not make someone have to do something) terrible/dreadful ordeal terrifying ordeal
She was forced to face the ordeal of withdrawal symptoms.
He was beginning to wonder if he would survive the ordeal.
Teresa had a transplant in 1989 and was just recovering from that ordeal when she suffered a brain hemorrhage.
Soon the whole terrifying ordeal would be over.