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1Requiring considerable time and effort:‘years of laborious training’‘the work is very slow and laborious’
arduous, hard, heavy, difficult, strenuous, gruelling, murderous, punishing, exacting, tough, formidable, onerous, burdensome, back-breaking, trying, uphill, relentless, stiff, challenging, herculeanView synonyms
- ‘Unfortunately, this can be a slow, laborious, and very deadly process.’
- ‘But he became more and more irritated by the slow, laborious process of filming.’
- ‘It has transformed laborious manual procedures into rapid electronic ones.’
- ‘After all, it took me many years of intense misery, guilt, shame and terror before I could learn to accept myself, and that too was a slow and laborious process.’
- ‘The work was slow and laborious - every piece of the hard rock had to be blasted out before being broken up with pick and shovel and hauled out of the horizontal shaft.’
- ‘The message would then continue to each major city or town by regular courier until it reached its destination, a very slow and laborious process.’
- ‘The colourful faces are the result of laborious work.’
- ‘However, it makes the process of buying and selling slow and laborious and these accounts are in the minority.’
- ‘Progress was slow and laborious, and his efforts yielded a quarter of the supplies he had lost.’
- ‘His photographs on show at Victoria Miro emerge out of a laborious process beginning with an image of a building or an interior.’
- ‘The journey was slow and laborious, necessitating frequent stops.’
- ‘I thought about doing the slow, laborious walk, but shrugged off the idea.’
- ‘We are in danger of forgetting that democracy is a slow, laborious, messy matter.’
- ‘This removes the laborious task of measuring the absolute leaf temperatures for individual plants in a population.’
- ‘Engraving is often described as a slow and laborious process, and its practitioners as drudges, but this is misleading.’
- ‘The ruptures in Eakins's paintings also communicated the studious and laborious character of the artist's process.’
- ‘It's a slow and laborious process, though, on a creaky old dial-up phone connection.’
- ‘This is not to say all research work performed in such an environment is necessarily dull and laborious.’
- ‘This is slow and laborious, so the method outlined below avoids this step.’
- ‘And yes, its implementation can be laborious, lengthy, and slow to show dividends.’
- 1.1 (of speech or writing style) showing obvious signs of effort and lacking in fluency:‘she wrote in laborious, dictionary-assisted English’
laboured, strained, forced, contrived, affected, studied, stiff, stilted, unnatural, artificial, overdone, overwrought, heavy, ponderous, convoluted, not fluent, elaborate, over-elaborate, intricate, ornate, prolixView synonyms
- ‘His writing was laborious, as he often confessed, hers brisk and often effortless.’
- ‘Even when the film flirts with shades of grey - such as the alternate visions of heroism offered by drunken knife-wielder Jim Bowie and his foppish rival William Travis - Hancock's adherence to rousing, simplistic conventions turns his story into laborious mush.’
- ‘But I found it impossible to get to grips with, laborious and dull.’
- ‘Not even the charisma of its leading lady, Julia Stiles, can save it from the overlong bore it becomes, due to its laborious pacing and cliché-ridden script.’
- ‘It has some glimmers of interest, and some diverting visuals, but really nothing makes up for the laborious pace and risibly bad writing.’
- ‘The Watcher In The Woods is guilty of being slow and laborious.’
Late Middle English (also in the sense ‘industrious, assiduous’): from Old French laborieux, from Latin laboriosus, from labor labour.
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