A Word A Day : Arduous
Saturday, 9th February 2008 : Today's Word is ...
Arduous( Adjective )
Pronunciation : orjoo-ess Definition:
1. requiring hard work or continuous physical effort
2. very difficult to traverse, endure, or overcome
3. taxing to the utmost, testing powers of endurance
4. characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion
5. steep or demandingEtymology:
From Latin arduus, high, steepSynonyms
backbreaking, ball-buster, burdensome, exhausting, fatiguing, formidable, gruelling, harsh, heavy, labored, laborious, murder, onerous, painful, punishing, rigorous, rough, severe, strenuous, taxing, tiring, toilsome, tough, troublesome, trying, uphillGrueling
means characterized by physical effort to the point of exhaustion.Gruesome
means shockingly repellent, inspiring horror.Antonyms
easy, facile, motivating, painless, simpleContextual Examples:
• Clearing the pasture was arduous
• Only we undertook the arduous
work of preparing a Dictionary of the English Language.
• The task was an arduous
one and required the better part of a month, though he built but one small room.
• From the cursory view here taken, it must clearly appear to have been an arduous
• She puts into her pocket more than a third of the profits, in defiance of my most arduous
exertions to prevent her.Related Words:
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