Adjective "arduous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Involving or requiring strenuous effort; difficult and tiring.
  1. 'This two and a half day nonstop boat trip is just part of the arduous journey to bring help.'
  2. 'Approach difficult people and arduous tasks with a light and positive attitude.'
  3. 'Michael's task is an arduous one, but critical to the well-being of 2.5m people.'
  4. 'It also seemed that the younger and frailer you were, the more arduous were your physical tasks.'
  5. 'It had been a long and arduous journey from her home in Scotland and she was weary to her bones.'
  6. 'Following a long and arduous journey which took him through Syria, Cyprus and Turkey, he made it to Britain.'
  7. 'This is a long and arduous task, one that the authorities admit has had only very limited success to date.'
  8. 'Armed with machetes they worked with their woodsmen in the arduous task of trail cutting.'
  9. 'The government is grappling with the arduous task of providing relief to distant islands.'
  10. 'Her latest solo record bid is probably the most hazardous and arduous challenge that she has faced.'


1. requiring great exertion; laborious; difficult: an arduous undertaking.

2. requiring or using much energy and vigor; strenuous: making an arduous effort.

3. hard to climb; steep: an arduous path up the hill.

4. hard to endure; full of hardships; severe: an arduous winter.

More examples(as adjective)

"places can be arduous without things."

"wardens can be arduous for people."

"journeys can be arduous in extremes."

"tasks can be arduous."

"talks can be arduous."

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Mid 16th century: from Latin arduus ‘steep, difficult’ + -ous.