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Arduous

Ar´du`ous
a.1.Steep and lofty, in a literal sense; hard to climb.
Those arduous paths they trod.
- Pope.
2.Attended with great labor, like the ascending of acclivities; difficult; laborious; as, an arduous employment, task, or enterprise.
Adj.1.arduous - characterized by toilsome 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"
2.arduous - taxing to the utmost; testing powers of endurance; "his final, straining burst of speed"; "a strenuous task"; "your willingness after these six arduous days to remain here"- F.D.Roosevelt
Synonyms: straining, strenuous
3.arduous - difficult to accomplish; demanding considerable mental effort and skill; "the arduous work of preparing a dictionary"
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