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She survived a 14-day ordeal stranded at sea.
  a very difficult or painful experience
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ordeal ordeals
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  • She survived a 14-day ordeal stranded at sea.
  • He couldn’t understand why Aunt Queen would let him go through this ordeal, especially on his birthday.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire
  • Have you recuperated from that court ordeal yet?
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Tears of a Tiger
  • Hrothgar is asleep now, resting up for tomorrow’s ordeal of waiting.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel

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  • Thomas had leaned back against the rounded hood of the car—the whole ordeal had exhausted him emotionally and physically.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • Decide which interview to give first—you might as well get something out of the ordeal, like a book deal.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • He was still pale from his ordeal in Edom, but his gold-green eyes burned with an intensity that Emma could see from across the room.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • He was ashamed of himself, but all Mark felt in that quiet moment was relief that the ordeal had finally ended.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • Just getting permission to go outside was an ordeal.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Walter wanted to forget about the whole ordeal, but word spread quickly, and his reputation shifted.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy

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  • The Ottawa ordeal drew toward its end; but the climax was still to come.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • The next span was an ordeal.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • THE LOOK ON ADRI’S FACE WHEN CINDER ENTERED THE apartment almost made the whole ghastly ordeal worthwhile.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • The flight itself, despite twelve long hours in the air, was not the ordeal I had feared.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • They were presently on hold with Comcast customer service and might not emerge for hours, if indeed they survived the ordeal at all.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Not for the first time, Sticky found himself wondering what sort of ordeal Corliss had gone through.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • No matter how she shrank from the ordeal before her, she knew she could not stay away.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • ’And the demons are close behind," said the worried Humbug, still shaky from his ordeal.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • Matt stuck to his part of the bargain as well, though the lessons were an ordeal for them both.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Sign of the Beaver
  • Then I returned to my shelf in the barracks for a few hours of restless sleep before beginning the ordeal all over again the next morning.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • I told myself that the plea took nearly all the risk off the table, guaranteed her release from custody, and spared her the ordeal of a trial.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • I know what an ordeal this will be: no more school, my hair gone, hours of labor, washing the bedsheets ….
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • "I think I’ve been the one that suffered the most out of this ordeal.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • I walked up and shook his hand, and told him that I hoped the ordeal had not been too painful.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • At the exit door to the building was a second ordeal, a line of women guards examining each prisoner again.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • In this letter to my mother he describes the ordeal of his guilt.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • After Jamie’s obnoxious remarks, I had resolved to keep my mouth firmly shut through the whole ordeal.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • I dreaded my sessions with Dave, a twice-weekly ordeal not incomparable to dental surgery; I felt guilty for not liking him more since he made such an effort, always asking what movies I enjoyed, what books, burning me CDs, clipping articles from Game Pro he thought I’d be interested in—sometimes he even took me over to EJ’s Luncheonette for a hamburger —and yet whenever he started with the questions I froze stiff; as if I’d been pushed onstage in a play where I didn’t know the lines.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • I was on hand when the migrant Isaaas Guerra was caught and described his desert ordeal.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • And Seton had come through the ordeal of cross-examination well.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • The pendant around her neck had also survived the ordeal.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • To survive the ordeal, Collette and Pari surreptitiously pass each other a silver flask of cheap vodka.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • This has been a terrible ordeal for her.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • In this way, she’s exactly the opposite of Prim for whom adventures are an ordeal.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • There are tests, ordeals, levels of training—look, just forget it, okay?
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • This… ordeal… must be very hard for you.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • For most of the sixteen-week ordeal, nevertheless, McCandless more than held his own.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • He listened to the Rhetor in silence, feeling from all he said that his ordeal was about to begin.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • As they imagined themselves back in the world again, they willed a happy ending onto their ordeal and made it their expectation.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • I went through this entire ordeal and here he was getting busy with somebody else.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • Thomas couldn’t imagine how bad the whole ordeal must be—but the whole process of the Changing was still a mystery to him.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • It had been the first time I’d really been alone since the whole ordeal began.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • He needs to know who has put him through the ordeal he has suffered tonight, and why,
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • The ordeal left them hot and irritable, despite the cold.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • And the SEALs started the process all over again, encouraging, sharing their optimism, explaining that I had been especially trained to withstand such an ordeal.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • After another hour Lucy waked from her sleep, fresh and bright and seemingly not much the worse for her terrible ordeal.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Major — de Coverley, a Spartan in adversity, did not flinch once throughout the whole hideous ordeal.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • One of my Sunday morning ordeals is having to lie in bed and look at Dussel’s back when he’s praying.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • It was a genuine relief to the whole congregation when the ordeal was over and the benediction pronounced.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • He will have a better nerve for the ordeal which he will have to undergo to-morrow, when he is engaged, if I remember your report aright, to dine with these people.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
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