• WordNet 3.6
    • n arduousness extreme effortfulness
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Arduousness The quality of being arduous; difficulty of execution.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n arduousness The state or quality of being arduous; difficulty of execution or performance.
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  • Ovid
    “I attempt an arduous task; but there is no worth in that which is not a difficult achievement.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture. It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it. It is arduous and it is rare.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous”


In literature:

The work for our own vessels was very arduous indeed.
"The Crisis of the Naval War" by John Rushworth Jellicoe
Neither is it judicious for adults to take vigorous exercise in the evening, after a long and arduous day's work.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
Now the contention becomes arduous.
"Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
Accordingly, Frank addressed himself to the arduous task of getting away without any mishap.
"The Aeroplane Boys Flight" by John Luther Langworthy
He joined his brother with him in this arduous service.
"The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the" by Thomas Clarkson
God Almighty, said she, hear your prayers in your most arduous moments, as you have heard mine!
"Clarissa, Volume 5 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
The task of following up his discoveries was no less enviable than arduous.
"The Explorers of Australia and their Life-work" by Ernest Favenc
The memory of it is interwoven with that of our arduous struggle for national existence.
"A Compilation of Messages and Letters of the Presidents" by Editor: James D. Richardson
To Dot and Mat fell much more arduous and manual spheres of labour.
"Young Lives" by Richard Le Gallienne
Unless one was able to make a new exhumation, he would be by no means repaid for so long and arduous a journey.
"The Lands of the Saracen" by Bayard Taylor

In poetry:

All hot and grimy from the road,
Dust gray from arduous years,
I sat me down and eased my load
Beside the Fount of Tears.
"The Fount Of Tears" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Soon to send forth again a brood,
Unshakable, we pray, that clings
To Rome's thrice-hammered hardihood —
In arduous things.
"A British-Roman Song" by Rudyard Kipling
Up then rose Sir Valentine
And claim'd that arduous deed.
"Go forth and conquer," say'd the king,
"And great shall be thy meed."
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British
Arduous and trying was the work the British had to do,
Yet with a hearty goodwill they to it flew;
While the tropical sun on them blazed down,
But the poor soldiers wrought hard and didn't frown.
"The Capture of Havana" by William Topaz McGonagall
Thou, too, hast heard the slave-whip's poignant crack,
The sound of avarice and turpitude,
As hands unwilling plied their arduous task,
Creating monuments to iron will,
Human injustice, greed and servitude.
"Metabole." by Alfred Castner King
Slow-moving and with fluttering heart,
The youthful matron onward passed
To where that masterpiece of art
Repaid her arduous toil at last;
As, gazing through a mist of tears,
She realized here the dream of years.
"The Gift Of Juno" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

Gabrielle Giffords's transfer to Houston for arduous rehabilitation went ' flawlessly ,' doctors say.
A robust and arduous drama, Agneska Holland's Holocaust tale should be well received by the considerable art house audience partial to the subject matter.
State Route 840 opening ends arduous, laborious and costly project.
(MONEY Magazine) – For the past year, Jim Wright, 46, has been leading an arduous double life.
The 30th annual Adirondack Canoe Classic reminded me of a book published in 1987 about another arduous canoe tri.
The 30th annual Adirondack Canoe Classic reminded me of a book published in 1987 about another arduous canoe trip.
CHULA VISTA, Calif — Arthur Lute's arduous journey from his days as a US Marine to his nights sleeping on the streets illustrates the challenge for the Obama administration to fulfill its promise to end homelessness among veterans by 2015.
DALLAS {AP}— Attorneys today will begin the arduous process of impaneling a jury for the capital murder trial of George Rivas, the ringleader of a gang of escaped inmates charged with killing an Irving police officer.
His several surgeries and arduous rehabilitation resulted in a truly remarkable recovery.
WHAT does it take to prepare for one of the most arduous sporting contests on earth.
A Times investigation finds the process so arduous that many principals don't even try, except in the very worst cases.
Tightened security has made getting onto an airplane an arduous process, and not only at the major airports of Boston and New York.
The arduous task of silkworm cultivation involved keeping the tiny silkworm eggs (about 35,000 of them weigh only an ounce) at the correct temperature.
The passage from the Caribbean to Brazil was perhaps the most arduous of all for the crew aboard Cloud Nine.
Last week, New Orleans' second-line parading clubs made another tentative step down what has been a long and arduous post-Katrina road back to a regular parading schedule.

In science:

On the other hand, if the unique features of Nature cannot be recovered by a sort of generic process the road to understanding will be very long and arduous.
Is Nature Generic?
However, maintenance of knowledge bases are arduous tasks (Menzies 1999), some of it are not even computable (Debenham 2003). Now, let us consider the problem from the TOKM perspective.
On challenges and opportunities of designing integrated IT platforms for supporting knowledge works in organizations
Furthermore, this arduous labor may very well go unrewarded.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
Life in a modern Antarctic station is certainly no luxury experience, but it is not arduous either.
Astronomy in Antarctica
This also explains why, technically, dealing with extreme scales (or very long intermediate scales) is intrinsically more arduous then dealing with the shorter intermediate scales, below the line ε = 1.
Aging in reversible dynamics of disordered systems. II. Emergence of the arcsine law in the random hopping time dynamics of the REM