Definition of tribulation
: distress or suffering resulting from oppression or persecution; also : a trying experience the trials and tribulations of starting a new business
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Examples of tribulation in a Sentence
Her son's illness has been a source of great tribulation.
The play is about the tribulations of a family of immigrants in New York.
Recent Examples of tribulation from the Web
In this spry and accomplished comedy of manners, a set of six characters — teenage, middle-aged and elderly — muddle their way through love, discovering that its tribulations are awkward at every age.
Tillman’s tribulations: Through five starts, Tillman has pitched 23 innings and allowed 44 base runners for a 1.91 WHIP.
FACEBOOK TWITTER EMAIL ME Its plot may follow the tribulations of a man who seems to be doomed to live the same day over and over again, but the new musical of Groundhog Day feels anything but stuck.
There is some dark humor here, as the story follows the trials and tribulations of a Weegee-type photographer in modern-day New York.
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Did You Know?
The writer and Christian scholar Thomas More, in his 1534 work A dialoge of comforte against tribulation, defined the title word as "euery such thing as troubleth and greueth [grieveth] a man either in bodye or mynde." These days, however, the word tribulation is typically used as a plural noun, paired with its alliterative partner trial, and relates less to oppression and more to any kind of uphill struggle. Tribulation derives via Middle English and Old French from the Latin verb tribulare ("to oppress or afflict"), which is related to tribulum, a noun meaning "threshing board."
TRIBULATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tribulation for English Language Learners
: unhappiness, pain, or suffering
: an experience that causes someone to suffer
TRIBULATION Defined for Kids
Definition of tribulation for Students
1 : an experience that is hard to bear He suffered many trials and tribulations.
2 : distress or suffering resulting from cruel and unjust treatment or misfortune Her son's illness has been a source of tribulation.
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