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A burden.
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n, vb
an archaic word for burden1
ˈburthensome adj
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(ˈbɜr ðən)

Archaic. burden 1 .
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.burthen - a variant of `burden'
load, loading, burden - weight to be borne or conveyed
Verb1.burthen - weight down with a loadburthen - weight down with a load    
overburden - load with excessive weight
plumb - weight with lead
charge - fill or load to capacity; "charge the wagon with hay"
saddle - load or burden; encumber; "he saddled me with that heavy responsibility"
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yet all his good prov'd ill in me, And wrought but malice; lifted up so high I sdeind subjection, and thought one step higher Would set me highest, and in a moment quit The debt immense of endless gratitude, So burthensome, still paying, still to ow; Forgetful what from him I still receivd, And understood not that a grateful mind By owing owes not, but still pays, at once Indebted and dischargd; what burden then?
I have written to the 16th page of the Third Act." Throughout February and March in 1865, she wrote of depression, of disability due to headaches, of "constant dull pain, which makes all effort burthensome," and of "powerlessness" due to having written "nothing but beginnings" (pp.
Parents may not be consenting to their moral relation; but consenting or not, they are bound to a long train of burthensome duties towards those with whom they have never made a convention of any sort.
Blackburn starts with the general rule that liability in contract is strict, so that "the contractor must perform it or pay damages for not doing it, although in consequence of [an] unforeseen accident[], the performance of his contract has become unexpectedly burthensome [sic] or even impossible." (58) That overbroad proposition does not account for the different standards of care found in the bailment cases.
If he knew anything about Chudleigh's Case, or the numerous less-famous cases like it, he knew that feudal obligations could be--in the words of the 1660 statute abolishing them--"much more burthensome grievous and prejudiciall to the kingdome then they have been beneficiall to the King." (49) He would have known that knight-service performed for one's feudal lord no longer involved knighthood or service and had become a quaint name for straightforward financial payment.