tribulation

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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.

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tribulation (plural tribulations)

  1. Any adversity; a trying period or event.
    • 1535, Thomas More, Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation, ch. 6:
      For the blessed apostle himself in his sore tribulation, praying thrice unto God to take it away from him, was answered again by God (in a manner) that he was but a fool in asking that request, but that the help of God's grace in that tribulation to strengthen him was far better for him than to take that tribulation from him.
    • 1847, Herman Melville, Omoo, ch. 11:
      Baltimore's tribulations were indeed sore; there was no peace for him day nor night.
    • 1944 June 27, Herbert Hoover, Speech in Chicago, Illinois to the 23rd Republican National Convention:
      It is youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow and the triumphs that are the aftermath of war.
    • 2009 Sept. 24, Richard Corliss, "Kristina: A New Musical from the ABBA Guys," New York Times (retrieved 12 March 2014):
      Essentially stoic, passive characters, Kristina and the others triumph by surviving — by outliving their plagues and tribulations.

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