- an onerous contract
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Examples of onerous in a Sentence
- Then everyone was asked, how fairly did you act?, from "extremely unfairly" (1) to "extremely fairly" (7). Next they watched someone else make the assignments, and judged that person's ethics. Selflessness was a virtual no-show: 87 out of 94 people opted for the easy task and gave the next guy the onerous one. —Sharon Begley, Newsweek, 23 June 2008
- The first hitch occurred when the state education department took a full six months after the new law was adopted to issue 12 pages of onerous rules and regulations governing Arkansas charter schools. —Wendy Cole, Time, 10 June 2000
- Environmentalism poses stark issues of survival, for humankind and for all those other tribes of creatures over which we have exercised our onerous dominion. —Marilynne Robinson, The Death of Adam, 1998
- Rap tested well, but early on the promoters said they wouldn't be booking any gangsta rap, a move at least partly designed to calm security concerns during the onerous process of complying with the strict mass-gathering laws enacted in the wake of the 1969 festival. —John Milward, Rolling Stone, 11 Aug. 1994
The government imposed onerous taxes on imports.
had the onerous and stressful job of notifying the families of soldiers killed in action
Recent Examples of onerous from the Web
Still, attending an exclusive school is hardly all onerous.
Merely a few decades ago, student loan balances were small enough to be repaid easily, and generally speaking, under less onerous terms.
If the record keeping for the home office expenses is too onerous, there is a simplified method that allows a deduction of $5 per square foot (limited to 300 square feet).
When Pruitt took over, multiple automobile trade associations complained that the comment period had been rushed, and that the requirements were onerous.
Under President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela has finally succumbed to an onerous debt load from the government and state-oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA.
There are no onerous drop-off fees that normally make one-way rentals so pricey and often prohibitive.
Wells Fargo agreed in March 2017 to settle a class-action lawsuit filed in 2015 by plaintiffs who said bank workers trying to meet onerous sales goals had opened unauthorized accounts in their name.
The lawsuit could result in discovery motions and Trump depositions revealing that more women were paid hush money and coerced into signing onerous nondisclosure agreements by Cohen.
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What is the Difference Between onerous, burdensome, oppressive?
Onerous, which traces back to the Latin onus, meaning "burden," has several synonyms. Like "onerous," "burdensome," "oppressive," and "exacting" all refer to something which imposes a hardship of some kind. "Onerous" stresses a sense of laboriousness and heaviness, especially because something is distasteful ("the onerous task of cleaning up the mess"). "Burdensome" suggests something which causes mental as well as physical strain ("the burdensome responsibilities of being a supervisor"). "Oppressive" implies extreme harshness or severity in what is imposed ("the oppressive tyranny of a police state"). "Exacting" suggests rigor or sternness rather than tyranny or injustice in the demands made or in the one demanding ("an exacting employer who requires great attention to detail").
Origin and Etymology of onerous
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of onerous
- the onerous task of cleaning up the mess
- burdensome responsibilities
- the oppressive tyranny of a police state
- an exacting employer
ONEROUS Defined for English Language Learners
: difficult and unpleasant to do or deal with
ONEROUS Defined for Kids
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