- 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: Middle 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
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- 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.