Definition of Ordeal
(noun) A painful or dangerous method of trial controlled by supernatural forces that proves an individual’s guilt or innocence through divine judgement in which survival or degree of injury typically indicates innocence.
Example of Ordeal
- Bisha’a, a ritual ordeal to determine if a person is lying used by some Bedouin tribes. Judgement is based on a person licking a hot metal object three times in which a burnt tongue is an indication of a individual’s guilt.
- Plural: ordeals
- Also called trial by ordeal.
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “ordeal.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 21, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/ordeal/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
ordeal. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/ordeal/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “ordeal.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 21, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/ordeal/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“ordeal.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 21 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/ordeal/>.