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 great suffering or distress; affliction; trial
Origin of tribulationMiddle English tribulacion from Old French from Ecclesiastical Late Latin tribulatio from tribulare, to afflict, oppress from L, 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 terə-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.