1. [syn: trial, tribulation, visitation]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Tribulation \Trib`u*la"tion\, n. [OE. tribulacium, F.
tribulation, L. tribulatio, from tribulare to press, afflict,
fr. tribulum a thrashing sledge, akin to terere, tritum, to
rub. See Trite.]
That which occasions distress, trouble, or vexation; severe
When tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the
word, by and by he is offended. --Matt. xiii.
In the world ye shall have tribulation. --John. xvi.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: 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"
[syn: trial, tribulation, visitation]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
39 Moby Thesaurus words for "tribulation":
adverse circumstances, adversity, affliction, aggravation,
annoyance, blight, bummer, calvary, care, cross, crucible, curse,
difficulties, difficulty, downer, fiery ordeal, hard knocks,
hard life, hard lot, hardcase, hardship, irritation, oppression,
ordeal, persecution, plight, predicament, pressure, rigor,
sea of troubles, stress, stress of life, trial,
trials and tribulations, trouble, troubles, vale of tears,
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
trouble or affiction of any kind (Deut. 4:30; Matt. 13:21; 2
Cor. 7:4). In Rom. 2:9 "tribulation and anguish" are the penal
sufferings that shall overtake the wicked. In Matt. 24:21, 29,
the word denotes the calamities that were to attend the
destruction of Jerusalem.