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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: tribulacion, from Late Latin tribulatio, from Latin tribulare 'to press down, cause to suffer'

tribulation

noun
     
trib‧u‧la‧tion [uncountable and countable] formal
serious trouble or a serious problem:
Even close friends were unaware of the tribulations she faced.

➔ trials and tribulations

at trial1 (5)

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