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Middle English tribulacion, from Anglo-French, from Latin tribulation-, tribulatio, from tribulare to press, oppress, from tribulum drag used in threshing, from terere to rub


1 : distress or suffering resulting from oppression or persecution; also : a trying experience <the trials and tribulations of starting a new business>


The Tribulation is the name given to the event or events referred to in Matthew 24:21 ("For then shall be great tribulation...") and other passages of the New Testament in the Holy Bible. In the Christian futurist view of Christian eschatology, the Tribulation is a relatively short period of time where people who follow God will experience worldwide persecution and be purified and strengthened by it.

In the Christian preterist view, the Tribulation took place in the past when Roman legions destroyed Jerusalem and its temple in AD 70 during the end stages of the First Jewish–Roman War, and it affected the Jewish people rather than all humankind.[1]