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1. Demanding great effort or labor; difficult: "the arduous work of preparing a Dictionary of the English Language" (Thomas Macaulay).
2. Testing severely the powers of endurance; strenuous: a long, arduous, and exhausting war.
3. Hard to traverse, climb, or surmount.

[From Latin arduus, high, steep.]

ar′du·ous·ly adv.
ar′du·ous·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.arduousness - extreme effortfulnessarduousness - extreme effortfulness    
effortfulness - the quality of requiring deliberate effort
مَشَقَّة، إرهاق


[ˈɑːdjʊəsnɪs] N [of work, task] → lo arduo; [of climb, journey] → lo arduo, lo penoso; [of conditions] → lo riguroso, lo duro


nBeschwerlichkeit f; (of task)Mühseligkeit f; because of the arduousness of the workweil die Arbeit so anstrengend war/ist


[ˈɑːdjʊəsnɪs] ndifficoltà f inv


(ˈaːdjuəs) , ((American) -dʒu-) adjective
difficult; needing hard work. an arduous task.
ˈarduously adverb
ˈarduousness noun
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