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Involving or requiring strenuous effort; difficult and tiring.‘an arduous journey’
onerous, taxing, difficult, hard, heavy, laborious, burdensome, strenuous, vigorous, back-breaking, stiff, uphill, relentless, herculeandemanding, trying, tough, challenging, formidable, exactingexhausting, wearying, fatiguing, tiring, punishing, gruelling, grindingintolerable, unbearable, murderous, harrowingkilling, no picnicknackeringtoilsomeexigentView synonyms
- ‘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.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin arduus steep, difficult + -ous.
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