- The definition of a tribulation is a trial, a state of trouble, or a bad event that causes suffering or trouble.
An example of a tribulation is when you experience a time of great poverty and suffering.
tribulation definition by Webster's New World
- great misery or distress, as from oppression; deep sorrow
- something that causes suffering or distress; affliction; trial
Origin: Middle English tribulacion ; from Old French ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin tribulatio ; from tribulare, to afflict, oppress ; from Classical Latin to press ; from tribulum, threshing platform with sharp studs, akin to terere, to rub: for Indo-European base see throw
tribulation definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Great affliction, trial, or distress; suffering: Their tribulation has finally passed. See Synonyms at trial.
- An experience that tests one's endurance, patience, or faith. See Synonyms at burden1.
Origin: 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-1 in Indo-European roots.