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tribulation

trib·u·la·tion

tribulation

 
pronunciation:
trIb y leI shn
part of speech: noun
definition 1: severe suffering or affliction; distress.
Her easy life became one of tribulation after her husband died.
synonyms:
affliction, distress, pain, suffering
similar words:
agony, anguish, calamity, cross, misery, torment
definition 2: a cause of suffering or troubles.
synonyms:
affliction, hardship, misfortune, ordeal, trial
similar words:
burden, calamity, cross, crucible, distress, grief, misery, torment, tragedy, trouble