(Tri*brac"te*ate) a. [Pref. tri- + bracteate.] (Bot.) Having three bracts.

(Trib"u*al Trib"u*lar) a. Of or relating to a tribe; tribal; as, a tribual characteristic; tribular worship. [R.]

The tribual lispings of the Ephraimites.

(Trib`u*la"tion) n. [OE. tribulacium, F. tribulation, L. tribulatio, from tribulare to press, afflict, fr. tribulum a thrashing sledge, akin to terere, tritum, to rub. See Trite.] That which occasions distress, trouble, or vexation; severe affliction.

When tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
Matt. xiii. 21.

In the world ye shall have tribulation.
John. xvi. 33.

(Tri*bu"nal) n. [L. tribunal, fr. tribunus a tribune who administered justice: cf. F. tribunal. See Tribune.]

1. The seat of a judge; the bench on which a judge and his associates sit for administering justice.

2. Hence, a court or forum; as, the House of Lords, in England, is the highest tribunal in the kingdom.

(Trib"u*na*ry) a. Of or pertaining to tribunes; as, tribunary powers or authority.

(Trib"u*nate) n. [L. tribunatus: cf. F. tribunat.] The state or office of a tribune; tribuneship.

(Trib"une) n. [L. tribunus, properly, the chief of a tribe, fr. tribus tribe: cf. F. tribun. See Tribe.]

1. (Rom. Antiq.) An officer or magistrate chosen by the people, to protect them from the oppression of the patricians, or nobles, and to defend their liberties against any attempts that might be made upon them by the senate and consuls.

The tribunes were at first two, but their number was increased ultimately to ten. There were also military tribunes, officers of the army, of whom there were from four to six in each legion. Other officers were also called tribunes; as, tribunes of the treasury, etc.

2. Anciently, a bench or elevated place, from which speeches were delivered; in France, a kind of pulpit in the hall of the legislative assembly, where a member stands while making an address; any place occupied by a public orator.

(Trib"une*ship), n. The office or power of a tribune.

(Trib`u*ni"cian Trib`u*ni"tial) Tribunitian
(Trib`u*ni*tian) a. [L. tribunicius, tribunitius: cf. F. tribunitien.] Of or pertaining to tribunes; befitting a tribune; as, tribunitial power or authority. Dryden.

A kind of tribunician veto, forbidding that which is recognized to be wrong.

(Trib`u*ni"tious) a. Tribunician; tribunitial. [Obs.] Bacon.

(Trib"u*ta*ri*ly) adv. In a tributary manner.

(Trib"u*ta*ri*ness), n. The quality or state of being tributary.

(Trib"u*ta*ry) a. [OE. tributaire, F. tributaire, L. tributarius. See Tribute.]

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