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ˌtrɪb yəˈleɪ ʃəntribu·la·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. trial, tribulation, visitationnoun

    an annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event

    "his mother-in-law's visits were a great trial for him"; "life is full of tribulations"; "a visitation of the plague"


  1. tribulationnoun

    Any adversity; a trying period or event.

  2. Tribulationnoun

    A relatively short period of time before the second coming where believers will experience worldwide persecution and be purified and strengthened by it.

  3. Etymology: tribulation, from tribulacion, from tribulatio, from tribulare, from tribulum, from terere; see trite.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Tribulationnoun

    Persecution; distress; vexation; disturbance of life.

    Etymology: tribulation, Fr.

    Tribulation being present causeth sorrow, and being imminent breedeth fear. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    The just shall dwell,
    And after all their tribulations long,
    See golden days, fruitful of golden deeds. John Milton.

    Death becomes
    His final remedy; and after life
    Try’d in sharp tribulation, and refin’d
    By faith, and faithful works. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xi.

    Our church taught us to pray, that God would, not only in all time of our tribulation, but in all time of our wealth, deliver us. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.


  1. tribulation

    In Christian eschatology, the Great Tribulation (Ancient Greek: θλῖψις μεγάλη, romanized: thlîpsis megálē) is a period mentioned by Jesus in the Olivet Discourse as a sign that would occur in the time of the end.At Revelation 7:14, "the Great Tribulation" (Ancient Greek: τῆς θλῑ́ψεως τῆς μεγάλης, romanized: tês thlī́pseōs tês megálēs, lit. 'the great tribulation') is used to indicate the period spoken of by Jesus. Matthew 24: 21 and 29 uses tribulation (θλίβω) in a context denoting afflictions of those hard-pressed by siege and the calamities of war.


  1. tribulation

    Tribulation is a state of great trouble, suffering, distress or hardship often caused by adverse circumstances or events. It can also refer to a trying or challenging experience that tests a person's endurance or resilience.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tribulationnoun

    that which occasions distress, trouble, or vexation; severe affliction

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tribulation

    trib-ū-lā′shun, n. severe affliction: distress. [L.,—tribulāre, -ātum, to afflict—tribulum, a sledge for rubbing out corn—terĕre, to rub.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tribulation in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tribulation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of tribulation in a Sentence

  1. Kahlil Gibran:

    Poverty is a veil that obscures the face of greatness. An appeal is a mask covering the face of tribulation.

  2. Edward Chapin:

    The brightest crowns that are worn in heaven have been tried, and smelted, and polished, and glorified through the furnace of tribulation.

  3. Lucretius:

    Pleasant it is, when over a great sea the winds trouble the waters, to gaze from shore upon another's great tribulation; not because any man's troubles are a delectable joy, but because to perceive you are free of them yourself is pleasant.

  4. William Arthur Ward:

    Wise are they who have learned these truths Trouble is temporary. Time is tonic. Tribulation is a test tube.

  5. Herbert Hoover:

    Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die. And it is youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow and the triumphs that are the aftermath of war.

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