Definitions for arduousˈɑr dʒu əs; esp. Brit. ˈɑr dyu-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ar•du•ousˈɑr dʒu əs; esp. Brit. ˈɑr dyu-(adj.)

  1. requiring great exertion; laborious:

    arduous tasks.

  2. using much energy; strenuous:

    an arduous effort.

  3. hard to climb; steep:

    an arduous path.

  4. full of hardships; severe:

    an arduous winter.

Origin of arduous:

1530–40; < L arduus erect, steep, laborious; see -ous


Princeton's WordNet

  1. arduous, backbreaking, grueling, gruelling, hard, heavy, laborious, operose, punishing, toilsome(adj)

    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"

  2. arduous, straining, strenuous(adj)

    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

  3. arduous(adj)

    difficult to accomplish; demanding considerable mental effort and skill

    "the arduous work of preparing a dictionary"


  1. arduous(Adjective)

    Needing or using up much energy; testing powers of endurance.

    The movement towards a peaceful settlement has been a long and arduous political struggle.

  2. arduous(Adjective)

    burning; ardent

    Where flames the arduous Spirit of Isidore. uE000153782uE001 Cary.

  3. arduous(Adjective)

    Difficult or exhausting to traverse.

  4. Origin: From arduus, akin to Irish ard.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Arduous(adj)

    steep and lofty, in a literal sense; hard to climb

  2. Arduous(adj)

    attended with great labor, like the ascending of acclivities; difficult; laborious; as, an arduous employment, task, or enterprise

Translations for arduous

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difficult; needing hard work

an arduous task.

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