how to pronounce ordeal


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ordeal is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of ordeal in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… but the ordeal earned him a three-year …”

meanings of ordeal


  1. The poisonous ordeal bean or Calabar bean.
  2. A trial in which the accused was subjected to a dangerous test (such as ducking in water), divine authority deciding the guilt of the accused.
  3. A painful or trying experience.

ordeal frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word ordeal occurs in english on average 4.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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