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1. Involving great labor; laborious.
2. Industrious; diligent.

[Latin operōsus, from opus, oper-, work; see op- in Indo-European roots.]

op′er·ose′ly adv.
op′er·ose′ness n.
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1. laborious
2. industrious; busy
[C17: from Latin operōsus painstaking, from opus work]
ˈoperˌosely adv
ˈoperˌoseness, operosity n
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(ˈɒp əˌroʊs)

done with or involving much labor; tedious.
[1660–70; < Latin operōsus busy, active =oper- (s. of opus) work + -ōsus -ose1]
op′er•ose`ly, adv.
op′er•ose`ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.operose - characterized by effort to the point of exhaustionoperose - characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort; "worked their arduous way up the mining valley"; "a grueling campaign"; "hard labor"; "heavy work"; "heavy going"; "spent many laborious hours on the project"; "set a punishing pace"
effortful - requiring great physical effort
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