Definition of strenuous
- a strenuous hike
Avoid all strenuous exercise until the sprain heals.
Today has been a very strenuous day.
The proposal has faced strenuous opposition.
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arduous, Augean, backbreaking, challenging, demanding, difficult, effortful, exacting, formidable, grueling (or gruelling), hard, heavy, herculean, killer, laborious, moiling, murderous, rigorous, rough, rugged, severe, stiff, sweaty, tall, testing, toilsome, tough, uphill;
abstract, abstruse, complex, complicated, elusive, hairy, insoluble, intricate, involved, knotty, opaque, problematic (also problematical), recondite, serious, spiny, stubborn, thorny, ticklish, tricky;
: requiring or showing great energy and effort
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subject to rapid or unexpected change
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