tribulation

[ trib-yuh-ley-shuhn ]
/ ˌtrɪb yəˈleɪ ʃən /

noun

grievous trouble; severe trial or suffering.
an instance of this; an affliction, trouble, etc.

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Origin of tribulation

1175–1225; Middle English <Latin trībulātiōn- (stem of trībulātiō) distress, trouble, equivalent to trībulāt(us) (past participle of trībulāre to press, squeeze, derivative of trībulum threshing sledge, equivalent to trī-, variant stem of terere to rub, crush + -bulum noun suffix of instrument) + -iōn--ion
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British Dictionary definitions for tribulation

tribulation
/ (ˌtrɪbjʊˈleɪʃən) /

noun

a cause of distress
a state of suffering or distress

Word Origin for tribulation

C13: from Old French, from Church Latin trībulātiō, from Latin trībulāre to afflict, from trībulum a threshing board, from terere to rub
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