[syn: trial, tribulation, visitation]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Trial \Tri"al\, n. [From Try.]
1. The act of trying or testing in any manner. Specifically:
(a) Any effort or exertion of strength for the purpose of
ascertaining what can be done or effected.
[I] defy thee to the trial of mortal fight.
(b) The act of testing by experience; proof; test.
Repeated trials of the issues and events of
actions. --Bp. Wilkins.
(c) Examination by a test; experiment, as in chemistry,
2. The state of being tried or tempted; exposure to suffering
that tests strength, patience, faith, or the like;
affliction or temptation that exercises and proves the
graces or virtues of men.
Others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings.
--Heb. xi. 36.
3. That which tries or afflicts; that which harasses; that
which tries the character or principles; that which tempts
to evil; as, his child's conduct was a sore trial.
Every station is exposed to some trials. --Rogers.
4. (Law) The formal examination of the matter in issue in a
cause before a competent tribunal; the mode of determining
a question of fact in a court of law; the examination, in
legal form, of the facts in issue in a cause pending
before a competent tribunal, for the purpose of
determining such issue.
Syn: Test; attempt; endeavor; effort; experiment; proof;
essay. See Test, and Attempt.
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
277 Moby Thesaurus words for "trial":
Olympic games, Olympics, R and D, acid test, adverse circumstances,
adversity, affliction, aggravation, agony, anguish, annoyance,
approach, arrangement, assay, assize, attempt, audition, bad luck,
bad news, bane, basic training, bedevilment, bid,
blank determination, blight, blue book, bore, bother, botheration,
bothersomeness, bout, briefing, brouillon, bummer, calvary, care,
change of venue, check, checking, clearing the decks, complication,
concours, conditional, contest, control, control experiment,
controlled experiment, court-martial, crack, crashing bore,
criterion, cross, cross-examination, crown of thorns, crucial test,
crucible, curse, cut and try, cut-and-try, deltoid, derby,
determination, determined, devilment, difficulties, difficulty,
distress, docimasy, dogging, downer, drag, dry run, dual, effort,
empirical, empiricism, encounter, endeavor, engagement, enquiry,
equipment, essay, exam, examen, examination, exasperation,
experiment, experimental, experimental design, experimental method,
experimental proof, experimentalism, experimentation, exploratory,
familiarization, fan-shaped, feeling out, fiery ordeal, fight,
final, final examination, first draft, fixing, fling, foundation,
gambit, game, games, go, great go, grief, groundwork, gymkhana,
harassment, hard knocks, hard life, hard lot, hard luck,
hard times, hardcase, hardship, harrying, hassle, headache,
hearing, heartbreak, heuristic, hit and miss, hit-or-miss, honors,
hounding, inquest, inquiry, inquisition, irritant, irritation,
joust, jury trial, kiteflying, lawsuit, lick, litigation,
makeready, making ready, manufacture, match, matching, meet,
meeting, midsemester, midterm, misery, misfortune, mistrial,
mobilization, molestation, move, noble experiment, nuisance,
number, offer, oral, oral examination, ordeal, persecution, pest,
pilot, plague, planning, plight, plural, pragmatism,
prearrangement, predicament, prelim, preliminaries, preliminary,
preliminary act, preliminary step, prep, preparation,
preparatory study, preparing, prepping, prerequisite, pressure,
pretreatment, probation, probationary, probative, probatory,
problem, processing, proof, propaedeutic, proving, provision,
provisional, quiz, rally, readying, rencontre,
research and development, resolute, rigor, rough draft,
rough sketch, rule of thumb, sample, sea of troubles, shot,
singular, sorrow, sounding out, spadework, stab, standard, step,
stress, stress of life, stroke, strong bid, suffering,
take-home examination, tentative, tentative method, tentativeness,
test, test case, testing, three, three-in-one, tilt, touchstone,
tournament, tourney, training, treatment, triadic, trial and error,
trial by jury, trial run, trial-and-error, trials and tribulations,
triangular, tribulation, trinal, trine, triple, triplex, tripos,
triune, trouble, troubles, try, trying, tryout, undertaking,
vale of tears, venture, venturesome, verification, verificatory,
vexation, vexatiousness, vicissitude, visitation, viva, warm-up,
whack, whirl, willing, woe, worriment, worry, written,