An example of ordeal is an extensive and long surgical procedure.
Origin of ordeal
- Alteration (influenced by deal) of Middle English ordal trial by ordeal from Old English ordāl dail- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English *ordel, ordal, from Old English ordÄ“l, ordÄl (“ordeal, judgement"), from Proto-Germanic *uzdailaz (“judgement", literally “an out-dealing"), equivalent to or- +"Ž deal. Cognate with West Frisian oardiel (“judgement"), Dutch oordeel (“judgement, discretion"), German Urteil (“judgement, verdict").