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(noun) Work, especially when arduous or involving painful effort.

Synonyms: effort, exertion, labor, toil

Usage: She deserved to take a vacation after her long travail.
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Rightly the Lady Isaabella can judge the travail of my existence who to dead leaves and weary Winter fields gave but a grudging praise ... although I have learnt The Buddha's saying the five drawbacks of being a woman and the women are the principal causes of human sins ...

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[MASS NOUN] (also travails)

1.- Painful or laborious effort:


advice for those who wish to save great sorrow and travail

And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.

Today I'm just enormously grateful that such things exist and can be called upon in times of travail.

2.- Labour pains:


a woman in travail



1.- Engage in painful or laborious effort:


creation may travail in pain but it cannot escape its destiny

2.- (Of a woman) be in labour.


And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour.


Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin trepalium 'instrument of torture', from Latin tres 'three' + palus 'stake'.



On this point they have much in common with travellers from the past: the word ‘travel’ comes from ‘travail’and until the second half of the nineteenth century travel was such hard and dangerous work that few people contemplated it. (Source: Travel. Seddon, Sue. Stroud/Peterborough: Alan Sutton/Thomas Cook, 1991)
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1a : physical or mental work or exertion especially of a painful or laborious nature : labor, toil, drudgery

<tackles his outdoor travail with the furious drive of a bulldozer — Robert Louis Taylor>
<sat glum and thoughtful, his mind in unproductive travail — Rafael Sabatini>
<periods of high intellectual achievement and travail, of critical analysis and doubt — Times Literary Supplement>

b : a physical or mental exertion or piece of work : task, effort

<manfully undertakes his assigned travail>
<my literary travail — G. B. Shaw>

— often used in plural

<reminisced on the travails of campaigning — New York Times>

c : pain or suffering resulting from physical struggle or mental conflict : agony, torment

<chose … to share France's travail as earlier he had shared her happier days — Paul Farmer>
<rises joyously superior to the outward calamities … and celebrates the greatness of the human spirit whose travail he describes — J. W. Krutch>
<the travail of an artist in a society of so many material conveniences — M. D. Geismar>

— sometimes used in plural

<takes up some of the special travails of the upper classes — Rex Lardner>

2: labor, parturition

<woman must marry because the race must perish without her travail — G. B. Shaw>
<suggested that the nation had been long in travail, and had at last produced a man — John Buchan>

3 obsolete : travel 2

Origin of TRAVAIL

Middle English, from Old French, from travaillier, traveillier to labor, travail

First Known Use: 13th century (sense 1a)
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i toil 20 yrs. to give my children to best education
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ROGET´S INTERNATIONAL THESAURUS. TRAVAIL.- 714. EXERTION NOUNS 4. work, labor, employment, industry, toil, moil, travail, toil and trouble, sweat of one´s brow; fatigue, fag (coll., Eng.), manual labor, handwork, handiwork, elbow grease. Jane said it was quite a travail.
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