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trib·u·la·tion

 (trĭb′yə-lā′shən)
n.
1. Great affliction, trial, or distress; suffering: a time of great tribulation. See Synonyms at trial.
2. An experience that tests one's endurance, patience, or faith. See Synonyms at burden.

[Middle English tribulacioun, from Old French tribulacion, from Latin trībulātiō, trībulātiōn-, from trībulātus, past participle of trībulāre, to oppress, from Latin trībulum, threshing-sledge; see terə- in Indo-European roots.]

tribulation

(ˌtrɪbjʊˈleɪʃən)
n
1. a cause of distress
2. a state of suffering or distress
[C13: from Old French, from Church Latin trībulātiō, from Latin trībulāre to afflict, from trībulum a threshing board, from terere to rub]

trib•u•la•tion

(ˌtrɪb yəˈleɪ ʃən)

n.
1. grievous trouble; severe trial or suffering.
2. an instance of this; an affliction, trouble, or woe.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Late Latin trībulātiō distress, trouble = Latin tribulā(re) to squeeze, derivative of tribulum threshing sledge (trī, variant s. of terere to rub, crush + -bulum n. suffix of instrument)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tribulation - an annoying or frustrating or catastrophic eventtribulation - an annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event; "his mother-in-law's visits were a great trial for him"; "life is full of tribulations"; "a visitation of the plague"
affliction - a cause of great suffering and distress
fire - a severe trial; "he went through fire and damnation"

tribulation

tribulation

noun
1. Something hard to bear physically or emotionally:
2. A state of pain or anguish that tests one's resiliency and character:
Translations

tribulation

[ˌtrɪbjʊˈleɪʃən] N
1. (frm) → tribulación f
2. tribulationsaflicciones fpl

tribulation

[ˌtrɪbjʊˈleɪʃən] nmalheur m
trials and tribulations
the trials and tribulations of everyday life → les tribulations de la vie quotidienne

tribulation

nKummer m no pl; tribulationsSorgen pl; (less serious) → Kümmernisse pl; to bear one’s tribulations bravelysein Leid nttapfer tragen ? trial

tribulation

[ˌtrɪbjʊˈleɪʃn] n (frm) → tribolazione f
References in classic literature ?
London reached, the travellers alight, the old housekeeper in great tribulation and confusion, Mrs.
She was very handsome and she went through great tribulations.
When the prophecy of the 1972 Great Tribulation does not materialize, Jerry was considerably less disappointed than he was relieved.