- 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.
- great misery or distress, as from oppression; deep sorrow
- something that causes suffering or distress; affliction; trial
Origin of tribulationMiddle 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
- Great affliction, trial, or distress; suffering: a time of great tribulation. See Synonyms at trial.
- An experience that tests one's endurance, patience, or faith. See Synonyms at burden.
Origin of tribulationMiddle English tribulacioun, from Old French tribulacion, from Latin trībulātiō, trībulātiōn-, from trībulātus, past participle of trībulāre, to oppress, from Latin trībulum, threshing-sledge; see ter&schwa;-1 in Indo-European roots.
Middle English tribulation, from Old French tribulacion, from Late Latin tribulatio (“distress, trouble, tribulation, affliction”), from tribulare (“to press, probably also thresh out grain”), from tribulum (“a sledge consisting of a wooden block studded with sharp pieces of flint or with iron teeth, used for threshing grain”), from terere (“to rub”); see trite.