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[trib-yuh-ley-shuh n] /ˌtrɪb yəˈleɪ ʃən/
grievous trouble; severe trial or suffering.
an instance of this; an affliction, trouble, etc.
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
1. affliction, hardship, distress, adversity. Unabridged
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  • For these tribulations he deserves a degree of sympathy.
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  • The tribulations of modern life are often shown to be the result of shadowy machinations.
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British Dictionary definitions for tribulations


a cause of distress
a state of suffering or distress
Word Origin
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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Word Origin and History for tribulations



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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tribulations in the Bible

trouble or affiction of any kind (Deut. 4:30; Matt. 13:21; 2 Cor. 7:4). In Rom. 2:9 "tribulation and anguish" are the penal sufferings that shall overtake the wicked. In Matt. 24:21, 29, the word denotes the calamities that were to attend the destruction of Jerusalem.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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