The word Ordeal is from Middle English. This word refers to a painful or a difficult experience. Such an experience that tests the character or endurance of the individual.
This word is sometimes also used for a method of trial where the accused is subjected to physical or emotional tortures. The results are regarded as the divine judgment or guilt or innocence.
The word Ordeal can be used in the form of a sentence as:
"It was difficult for him to get through the ordeal of manual labor after being brought up in riches".