arduous

adjective
ar·​du·​ous | \ ˈär-jə-wəs, -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

Choose the Right Synonym for arduous

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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Bruno had twisted his knee during an arduous skiing trek through the mountains. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Helicopter Pulls Off Improbable Rescue Mission in the French Alps," 10 Jan. 2019 These kinds of large purchases allow companies to leapfrog the arduous process of establishing new businesses on the ground. Corinne Abrams, WSJ, "India Overtakes China as Favored Target for Corporate Deals," 25 Dec. 2018 Now begins the arduous process of getting the deal approved by lawmakers in all three countries. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The three countries signed the deal at the G20 on Friday.," 30 Nov. 2018 My quest for clear skin has been an arduous journey. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "I Gave Up Dairy—And My Adult Acne Vanished in Under a Month," 28 July 2018 And on Monday, after nine long and arduous days, the boys and their coach were found alive in the cave — a godsend for their anxious families and joyous news for a country that had been riveted to televisions and social media, desperate for updates. NBC News, "How search-and-rescue crews found the missing Thai boys soccer team," 2 July 2018 The long, arduous three rehab sessions a day often leave him with little energy to do anything but eat and sleep. Sam Donnellon, Philly.com, "Paralyzed Humboldt player Ryan Straschnitzki's optimism inspires Flyers | Sam Donnellon," 30 June 2018 Baby Frida is here, and mom Brigitte Nielsen and her husband, Italian model Mattia Dessi couldn’t be more thrilled after a long and arduous journey. Gillian Telling, PEOPLE.com, "Meet Frida! Brigitte Nielsen, 54, Shares a Sneak Peek at Her Newborn Baby Girl," 27 June 2018 Hilliard's journey has been long and arduous to get to this point. Tim Bielik, cleveland.com, "Ohio State linebacker Justin Hilliard embracing a full, healthy spring of practice after multiple early injuries," 5 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 \

Kids Definition of arduous

: difficult sense 1 an arduous climb

Other Words from arduous

arduously adverb working arduously

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