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
The tribulations of Boehner are of more than historical interest.
For more on the trials and tribulations of gathering, using, and sharing data, our recent feature on football data is a good place to start.
The diversity of diets around the company’s conference room table looks a lot like the rest of the population’s— as do the trials and tribulations of ordering lunch when following a relatively strict food regimen.
Last summer, The MMQB presented a mini-series on the trials and tribulations of NFL kickers.
Always there, constantly providing, constantly withholding, withstanding...all of the trials and tribulations that come its way.
As time went on, the books became darker and more complicated — a reflection of the troubles and tribulations of the larger adult world.
The road scoring tribulations could be summarized simply, with a drought that spanned more than 300 minutes.
Kids these days will never understand the trials and tribulations of a pre-Netflix world.
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It's Not Hard to Learn About tribulation
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."
Origin and Etymology of tribulation
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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