- grievous trouble; severe trial or suffering.
- an instance of this; an affliction, trouble, etc.
Origin of tribulation
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Examples from the Web for tribulation
The rest of them would be left behind for a period of tribulation that was going to end five months later—on October 21, 2011.8 Questions About the New Rapture
David A. Graham
October 20, 2011
But there are those who believe that humans have a role to play in the Tribulation.
For those holding these beliefs, the main curb to violent action rests in their understanding of how the Tribulation begins.
And the leader of the party wore the wrinkled brow of tribulation.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
In joy or in pain, in happiness or in tribulation—gratitude!The Golden Fountain
My heart makes a noise in me for my country, but the day of her tribulation is near.The Scapegoat
That psalms of tribulation be sung with a low voice and long measure; 2.The Standard Oratorios
George P. Upton
It had brought to her nothing but tribulation and disappointment.Miss Mackenzie
- a cause of distress
- a state of suffering or distress
Word Origin and History for tribulation
early 13c., from Old French tribulacion (12c.), from Late Latin tribulationem (nominative tribulatio) "distress, trouble, affliction" (c.200), from tribulatus, past participle of tribulare "to oppress, afflict," a figurative use by Christian writers of Latin tribulare "to press," also possibly "to thresh out grain," from tribulum "threshing sledge," from stem of terere "to rub" (see throw (v.)) + -bulum, suffix forming names of tools.