travail

Part of speech: noun

Labor in childbirth; anguish or distress.

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Usage examples "travail":

  1. She heard the lift in travail. - "Tales of the Five Towns", Arnold Bennett.
  2. In his beautiful address at the Helen S. Trounstine Memorial Service, a portion of which follows, we find one of the best examples of Mr. Nelson's ability to interpret human experience, as well as of his intuitive understanding of another's travail of soul: And then her courage. - "Frank H. Nelson of Cincinnati", Warren C. Herrick.
  3. The Shamir is tied to the hand of a woman tortured in heavy travail with child; and it is also put upon the left hand by warriors setting out for battle. - "Sulamith: A Romance of Antiquity", Alexandre Kuprin.