Definition of tribulation in English:



  • 1A cause of great trouble or suffering.

    ‘the tribulations of being a megastar’
    • ‘While an object of great respect, Inang Bayan is also often pitied for the tribulations she has suffered.’
    • ‘See their trials and tribulations, especially when mothers and daughters differ over dresses.’
    • ‘We see the trials and tribulations of you with your family, getting back on track.’
    • ‘Greatness eludes the film because you simply don't care deeply enough about the trials and tribulations of the people at its core.’
    • ‘One a child-minder, one a machinist, they had taken deep breaths and taken on the trials and tribulations of the police service.’
    • ‘David Mamet examines the dramatic techniques that engage audiences with the trials and tribulations of the hero’
    • ‘She pointed out to the gathering that music is the most potent panacea against the trials and tribulations of life.’
    • ‘In all of the trials and tribulations of the day, it is good to know some things don't change though; Oxford is dull and it's raining.’
    • ‘For years now they have chatted over ‘the trials and tribulations of management’.’
    • ‘Since then trials and tribulations have been the order of the day but he maintains that he is still aiming for nothing less than gold at Athens.’
    • ‘However, the story of trials and tribulations faced by two footballers, again failed to win the audience.’
    • ‘Such are the trials and tribulations of life in the League of Ireland.’
    • ‘Whether you wish it or not, you need to undergo the trials and tribulations of the sunny days and sultry nights as there is no escape from it.’
    • ‘The series follows the trials and tribulations, and successes, of people who stake everything on a business venture.’
    • ‘Anderson, who has a degree in Applied Physics, knows about the trials and tribulations of entrepreneurial life.’
    • ‘Of his trials and tribulations over the past three years, he said it is people's perception of him that means the most.’
    • ‘It's very important that Placido saw my trials and tribulations.’
    • ‘But Dafoe says the trials and tribulations of all that makeup actually made his job as an actor easier.’
    • ‘I found myself wondering why I should care about her trials and tribulations.’
    • ‘But does the film show the real problems and trials and tribulations of the fighters?’
    1. 1.1[mass noun]A state of great trouble or suffering.
      ‘his time of tribulation was just beginning’
      • ‘For some reason, the entertainment industry does not propagate flattering portrayals of little people on the whole: Few heartwarming tales of tribulation and triumph come to mind.’
      • ‘Just like you had to go through your own trial back there in that terrorist situation, now I have to face my own tribulation.’
      • ‘He clasped my mouth shut before I could scream in my tribulation.’
      • ‘Through much tribulation, she or he ultimately comes to view the world from a unique and individual point of view and re-forms a new and stable sense of self.’
      • ‘As in Homer, after further tribulation, he will eventually reach Ithaca, kill Penelope's suitors, and live with wife and son until a peaceful death in old age.’
      • ‘Both products are successful in their respective markets, but only after trial and tribulation.’
      • ‘Life may go on, but that's not much consolation to someone living a life of suffering and tribulation.’
      • ‘There will be tribulation and people will revile you and slander you, but he has overcome and that we live for that.’
      • ‘But, after all the tribulation I had given myself about not letting him know how I felt, it would be stupid to make that work useless and give in.’
      • ‘That in final tribulation he should even think to explain why he was not able to attend was mind boggling.’
      • ‘We have no reason to believe that he bears tribulation.’
      • ‘History has come ashore, turning the real estate of the free into the soil of tribulation.’
      • ‘Otherwise, he will suffer tribulation as long as he lives in that high place, the best of houses.’
      • ‘He could well have viewed his coming death as the martyrdom of God's eschatological agent who had to endure tribulation to bring about Israel's renewal and inaugurate the new covenant.’
      • ‘This period in our history was a time of great tribulation.’
      • ‘It is a message of God’s great love for His people, and it is also a warning that there will be a time of tribulation.’
      • ‘To savour that undefinable feeling and sense of satisfaction when the final whistle blew almost makes the trials and tribulation of recent days worthwhile.’
      • ‘Since then we have been journeying the world, sometimes in triumph, often in tribulation, but ever seeking to return to that ancient and pure beginning.’
      • ‘Our mission is sustained, not by feelings of light and joy and endless confidence, but by the risen one who comes in the darkness and calls us, despite our tribulation, to labor on.’
      • ‘With the face resting against his fist, the apparition assumes the pose of melancholy - an affirmation of how the artistic temperament is born from overcoming tribulation and suffering.’
      trouble, worry, anxiety, burden, cross to bear, affliction, ordeal, trial, adversity, hardship, tragedy, trauma, reverse, setback, blow, difficulty, problem, issue, misfortune, bad luck, stroke of bad luck, ill fortune, mishap, misadventure
      suffering, distress, misery, wretchedness, unhappiness, sadness, heartache, woe, grief, pain, anguish, agony
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Middle English: via Old French from ecclesiastical Latin tribulatio(n-), from Latin tribulare press, oppress, from tribulum threshing board (constructed of sharp points), based on terere rub.