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English definition of “travails”

travails

noun [plural]     /ˈtræv.eɪlz/ /trəˈveɪlz/ old-fashioned or literary
the difficulties that are experienced as part of a particular situation: The travails of the British car industry are seldom out of the news.Difficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters
(Definition of travails noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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