Definition of burthen in English:



  • archaic form of burden
    • ‘As a committee of Philadelphia officials noted with admiration, Baltimore was able to ‘derive an income from that class who are always the greatest burthen.’’
    • ‘As far as it has prevailed, it has been a burthen upon the empire. […]’
    • ‘Nor could it be said that Christ's yoke is easy, and his burthen light.’
    • ‘The trade of Alexandria is very considerable; ships of almost any burthen can ride in the river.’
    • ‘Maggie is conscious of her uniqueness in this regard: she thinks it is ‘part of the hardship of her life that there was laid upon her the burthen of larger wants than others seemed to feel’.’