(Christianity) A relatively short period of time before the second coming where believers will experience worldwide persecution and be purified and strengthened by it.
Other Word Forms of Tribulation
Origin of Tribulation
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.
Middle English tribulacioun from Old French tribulacion from Latin trībulātiō trībulātiōn- from trībulātus past participle of trībulāre to oppress from Latin trībulum threshing-sledge terə-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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