- 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 (â€œdistress, trouble, tribulation, afflictionâ€), from tribulare (â€œto press, probably also thresh out grainâ€), from tribulum (â€œa sledge consisting of a wooden block studded with sharp pieces of flint or with iron teeth, used for threshing grainâ€), from terere (â€œto rubâ€); see trite.