Definition of tribulation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

tribulation

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌtrɪbjuˈleɪʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌtrɪbjuˈleɪʃn//
 
[countable, uncountable](literary or humorous)
 
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great trouble or suffering the tribulations of modern life the trials and tribulations of running a business Word Origin 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’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tribulation