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Meaning of ARDUOUS

Pronunciation:  'ârjoous

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  difficult to accomplish; demanding considerable mental effort and skill; "the arduous work of preparing a dictionary"
  2. [adj]  characterized by toilsome effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort; "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"
  3. [adj]  taxing to the utmost; testing powers of endurance; "his final, straining burst of speed"; "a strenuous task"; "your willingness after these six arduous days to remain here"- F.D.Roosevelt

ARDUOUS is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: backbreaking, difficult, effortful, grueling, gruelling, hard, heavy, laborious, labourious, punishing, straining, strenuous, toilsome



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ar"du*ous\ (?; 135), a. [L. arduus steep, high; akin to
Ir. ard high, height.]
1. Steep and lofty, in a literal sense; hard to climb.

         Those arduous paths they trod.        --Pope.

2. Attended with great labor, like the ascending of
   acclivities; difficult; laborious; as, an arduous
   employment, task, or enterprise.

Syn: Difficult; trying; laborious; painful; exhausting.

Usage: {Arduous}, {Hard}, {Difficult}. Hard is simpler,
       blunter, and more general in sense than difficult; as,
       a hard duty to perform, hard work, a hard task, one
       which requires much bodily effort and perseverance to
       do. Difficult commonly implies more skill and sagacity
       than hard, as when there is disproportion between the
       means and the end. A work may be hard but not
       difficult. We call a thing arduous when it requires
       strenuous and persevering exertion, like that of one
       who is climbing a precipice; as, an arduous task, an
       arduous duty. ``It is often difficult to control our
       feelings; it is still harder to subdue our will; but
       it is an arduous undertaking to control the unruly and
       contending will of others.''

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