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adjective stren·u·ous \ˈstren-yə-wəs\

: requiring or showing great energy and effort

Full Definition of STRENUOUS

a :  vigorously active :  energetic
b :  fervent, zealous <his most strenuous supporters>
:  marked by or calling for energy or stamina :  arduous <a strenuous hike>
stren·u·os·i·ty \ˌstren-yə-ˈwä-sə-tē\ noun
stren·u·ous·ly \ˈstren-yə-wəs-lē\ adverb
stren·u·ous·ness noun

Examples of STRENUOUS

  1. Avoid all strenuous exercise until the sprain heals.
  2. Today has been a very strenuous day.
  3. The proposal has faced strenuous opposition.


Latin strenuus
First Known Use: 1599

Synonym Discussion of STRENUOUS

vigorous, energetic, strenuous, lusty, nervous mean having or showing great vitality and force. vigorous further implies showing no signs of depletion or diminishing of freshness or robustness <as vigorous as a youth half his age>. energetic suggests a capacity for intense activity <an energetic campaigner>. strenuous suggests a preference for coping with the arduous or the challenging <the strenuous life on an oil rig>. lusty implies exuberant energy and capacity for enjoyment <a lusty appetite for life>. nervous suggests especially the forcibleness and sustained effectiveness resulting from mental vigor <full of nervous energy>.

Rhymes with STRENUOUS

STRENUOUSLY Defined for Kids


adjective stren·u·ous \ˈstren-yə-wəs\

Definition of STRENUOUS for Kids

:  showing or requiring much energy and effort <a strenuous climb>
:  very active :  energetic <He leads a strenuous life.>
stren·u·ous·ly adverb


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