a primitive method of determining a person's guilt or innocence by subjecting the accused person to dangerous or painful tests believed to be under divine control; escape was usually taken as a sign of innocence
Through this ordeal Heng lay stiff and silent. 在这个严酷的考验中，恒一直僵硬地躺着，默不作声。
Once there we saw that the ordeal must have been great. 从前我们觉得严酷的考验一定是很伟大的。
I'd hate to go through such a terrible ordeal again. 我不想再受这种痛苦的经验。
Excessive choices quickly stop being a benefit and become an ordeal. 过多的选择很快就丧失了它的优势，而成为一种痛苦的经验。
Being lost in the wilderness for a week was an ordeal for me. 在荒野里迷路一星期对我来说真是一场磨难。
I kept dreading the ordeal of standing on the stage of Festival Hall.
出自： N. Sedaka
The freezing journey home at night..had been one of his worst ordeals.