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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.]
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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]
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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)]
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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"
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tribulation

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tribulation

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

tribulation

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

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

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

[ˌtrɪbjʊˈleɪʃn] n (frm) → tribolazione f
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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. She could faint as easy as anything.
He sheds new light on and fresh insights into popular end-time concepts; the Mark of the Beast, the Antichrist, the Great Tribulation, and other prophetic themes.
According to many evangelicals, the Great Tribulation will occur about halfway through this seven-year period and will bring plagues, demons, natural disasters, and horse-bodied locust-like creatures with human faces that sting like scorpions.
"One purpose for God allowing the Great Tribulation to occur will be to humble the physical nations that have descended from Biblical Israel and lead them to repentance.