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a.1.Producing or involving much toil; laborious; toilsome; as, toilful care.
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7: And, they say, Hesiod is sufficient to prove that the word PONEROS (bad) has the same sense as `laborious' or `ill-fated'; for in the "Great Eoiae" he represents Alcmene as saying to Heracles: `My son, truly Zeus your father begot you to be the most toilful as the most excellent...'; and again: `The Fates
(made) you the most toilful and the most excellent...'
During their slow, toilful walks she appeared to be dragging with her for a penance the burden of that infirm bulk.