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ARDUOUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does arduous mean? 

ARDUOUS (adjective)
  The adjective ARDUOUS has 3 senses:

1. characterized by toilsome effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort
2. taxing to the utmost; testing powers of endurance
3. difficult to accomplish; demanding considerable mental effort and skill

  Familiarity information: ARDUOUS used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ARDUOUS (adjective)


Sense 1arduous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by toilsome effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort

Synonyms:

toilsome; operose; laborious; gruelling; grueling; backbreaking; arduous; punishing; hard; heavy

Context examples:

worked their arduous way up the mining valley / a grueling campaign / hard labor / heavy work / heavy going / spent many laborious hours on the project / set a punishing pace

Similar:

effortful (requiring great physical effort)


Sense 2arduous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Taxing to the utmost; testing powers of endurance

Synonyms:

straining; arduous; strenuous

Context examples:

his final, straining burst of speed / a strenuous task / your willingness after these six arduous days to remain here

Similar:

effortful (requiring great physical effort)


Sense 3arduous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Difficult to accomplish; demanding considerable mental effort and skill

Context example:

the arduous work of preparing a dictionary

Similar:

difficult; hard (not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure)


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