from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Great affliction, trial, or distress; suffering: Their tribulation has finally passed. See Synonyms at trial.
- n. An experience that tests one's endurance, patience, or faith. See Synonyms at burden1.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any adversity; a trying period or event.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That which occasions distress, trouble, or vexation; severe affliction.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A state of affliction or oppression; suffering; distress.
- n. A cause or occasion of suffering; a trouble or trial.
- n. A troublesome or lawless person; also, such persons collectively; colloquially, a trial; a terror.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event
Middle English tribulacioun, from Old French tribulacion, from Latin trībulātiō, trībulātiōn-, from trībulātus, past participle of trībulāre, to oppress, from Latin trībulum, threshing-sledge; see terə-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English tribulation, from Old French tribulacion, from Late Latin tribulatio ("distress, trouble, tribulation, affliction"), from tribulare ("to press, probably also thresh out grain"), from tribulum ("a sledge consisting of a wooden block studded with sharp pieces of flint or with iron teeth, used for threshing grain"), from terere ("to rub"); see trite. (Wiktionary)