arduous

adjective
ar·​du·​ous | \ ˈär-jə-wəs How to pronounce arduous (audio) , -dyu̇-, -jü-əs\

Definition of arduous

1a : hard to accomplish or achieve : difficult an arduous task years of arduous training
b : marked by great labor or effort : strenuous … a life of arduous toil.— A. C. Cole
2 : hard to climb : steep an arduous path

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Other Words from arduous

arduously adverb
arduousness noun

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hard, difficult, arduous mean demanding great exertion or effort. hard implies the opposite of all that is easy. farming is hard work difficult implies the presence of obstacles to be surmounted or puzzles to be resolved and suggests the need of skill or courage. the difficult ascent of the mountain arduous stresses the need of laborious and persevering exertion. the arduous task of rebuilding

Examples of arduous in a Sentence

Traveling for several days by train, stagecoach and horseback, they would reach Mariposa Grove, a stand of some 200 ancient giant sequoias, where they would rest before embarking on an arduous descent via 26 switchbacks into the valley. — Tony Perrottet, Smithsonian, July 2008 As yoga classes go, this is not an arduous one, but the students don't know that. — Richard Corliss, Time, 23 Apr. 2001 Women of middling means had the most to gain from increased consumption, for imported goods often reduced their long and arduous labor, especially in making candles and soap or in spinning and weaving cloth. — Alan Taylor, American Colonies, 2000 He went through a long and arduous training program. an arduous journey across miles of desert
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The job that awaits him, starting on August 7th, will be arduous. The Economist, "Colombia’s new president will struggle to heal his country’s divisions," 21 June 2018 His path even to these appearances has been arduous. Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times, "He Wants to Be a Ballerina. He Has Taken the First Steps.," 8 June 2018 Who knew that browsing online movies could be so arduous? Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "10 incredibly useful online sites you didn't know about," 16 Feb. 2018 But the process, set up by Gov. Rick Scott (R), was very arduous. German Lopez, Vox, "Florida votes to restore ex-felon voting rights with Amendment 4," 7 Nov. 2018 What lures a man into this arduous, dangerous life? Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Lost Art of Floating Logs Down the River," 16 Feb. 2019 Dismantling environmental rules is an arduous, tedious process. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why Scott Pruitt lasted so long at the EPA, and what finally did him in," 7 July 2018 The tennis circuit is long and arduous, and Osaka is just at the beginning of it. Kevin Nguyen, GQ, "Naomi Osaka Is the Coolest Thing in Tennis," 24 May 2018 The shoot, which lasted a bit more than two months, was arduous, plagued by bad weather; postproduction was delayed by illness. J. Hoberman, New York Times, "Lucrecia Martel: A Director Who Confounds and Thrills," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of arduous

1718, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for arduous

Latin arduus high, steep, difficult; akin to Old Irish ard high

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arduous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of arduous

: very difficult

arduous

adjective
ar·​du·​ous | \ ˈär-jə-wəs How to pronounce arduous (audio) \

Kids Definition of arduous

: difficult sense 1 an arduous climb

Other Words from arduous

arduously adverb working arduously

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