Definition of arduous in English:

arduous

adjective

  • Involving or requiring strenuous effort; difficult and tiring.

    ‘an arduous journey’
    • ‘Michael's task is an arduous one, but critical to the well-being of 2.5m people.’
    • ‘Following a long and arduous journey which took him through Syria, Cyprus and Turkey, he made it to Britain.’
    • ‘Her latest solo record bid is probably the most hazardous and arduous challenge that she has faced.’
    • ‘Thanks to everyone who gave their time and effort to the arduous task.’
    • ‘Artists say that getting their art shown in galleries is an arduous and difficult process.’
    • ‘Despite the arduous task of bringing in money, the Arts Support group had an excellent time.’
    • ‘This two and a half day nonstop boat trip is just part of the arduous journey to bring help.’
    • ‘The government is grappling with the arduous task of providing relief to distant islands.’
    • ‘It is now possible to hire out the equipment needed to assist you in this arduous task.’
    • ‘The Meath man believes his players need to work hard as a team and foresees an arduous training schedule.’
    • ‘Sometimes they have to walk great distances and then carry the water back - an arduous task.’
    • ‘It also seemed that the younger and frailer you were, the more arduous were your physical tasks.’
    • ‘Armed with machetes they worked with their woodsmen in the arduous task of trail cutting.’
    • ‘It can be a long and arduous task and very often ends in failure.’
    • ‘It had been a long and arduous journey from her home in Scotland and she was weary to her bones.’
    • ‘Approach difficult people and arduous tasks with a light and positive attitude.’
    • ‘Before becoming a Mass server one had to learn the Latin responses and this was a long and arduous task.’
    • ‘All this requires much arduous, painstaking, and sometimes confusing work.’
    • ‘Technology has rendered once arduous tasks easy and opened up a world of possibilities for ordinary people.’
    • ‘This is a long and arduous task, one that the authorities admit has had only very limited success to date.’
    onerous, taxing, difficult, hard, heavy, laborious, burdensome, strenuous, vigorous, back-breaking, stiff, uphill, relentless, herculean
    demanding, trying, tough, challenging, formidable, exacting
    exhausting, wearying, fatiguing, tiring, punishing, gruelling, grinding
    intolerable, unbearable, murderous, harrowing
    killing, no picnic
    knackering
    toilsome
    exigent
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from Latin arduus steep, difficult + -ous.

Pronunciation:

arduous

/ˈärjo͞oəs/