• WordNet 3.6
    • n fardel a burden (figuratively in the form of a bundle)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fardel A bundle or little pack; hence, a burden. "A fardel of never-ending misery and suspense."
    • v. t Fardel To make up in fardels.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fardel A bundle or pack; a burden; hence, anything cumbersome or irksome.
    • fardel To make up in packs or bundles.
    • n fardel A fourth part: an old law term.—
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fardel fär′del a pack: anything cumbersome or irksome
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. fardel, F. fardeau,; cf. Sp. fardel, fardillo, fardo, LL. fardellus,; prob. fr. Ar. fard, one of the two parts of an object divisible into two, hence, one of the two parts of a camel's load. Cf. Furl
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. fardel (Fr. fardeau), dim. of farde, a burden—Ar. fardah, a package (Devic).


In literature:

Who can endure to leave the Future all unguessed, and sit tamely down to groan under the fardel of the Present?
"Rienzi" by Edward Bulwer Lytton
Well, let us to the king: there is that in this fardel will make him scratch his beard!
"The Winter's Tale" by William Shakespeare
I humbly thank him, and shall sleep the lighter for the fardel's loss.
"The Last Of The Barons, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
To mark if e'er I knew himnd to crave His pity for the fardel that I bear.
"The Vision of Purgatory, Complete" by Dante Alighieri
To mark if e'er I knew himnd to crave His pity for the fardel that I bear.
"The Divine Comedy, Complete" by Dante Alighieri
Meanwhile, you, John Cook, take all the beef remaining; make it in small fardels, such as a man may easily carry.
"More Bywords" by Charlotte M. Yonge
FARDELL, A., 3 Hertford St., Colchester, Essex.
"Through Palestine with the 20th Machine Gun Squadron" by Unknown
It was found at Landbeach, and sent to the Cathedral by Canon Fardell.
"Ely Cathedral" by Anonymous
Nurse Joan, asking no questions, folded up their fardels on their backs, and packed the wallets for their day's journey with ample provision.
"The Armourer's Prentices" by Charlotte M. Yonge
I'll but lay down my fardel, and then step o'er to poor Sens Bradbridge.
"All's Well" by Emily Sarah Holt

In poetry:

'Tis bad, to see some fardel foul
Brought on one's back to God's own dome,
But worse to see a world-stain'd soul
Into God's aweful presence come.
"Advice, Before Prayer" by Rees Prichard
Pretty dears, your tumult cease;
Love's a fardel, burthening double.
Clear your hearts, and have you peace-
Gangway, girls: I'll show you trouble.
"Prologue To A Saga" by Dorothy Parker
Now, with starved brain, sick body, patience galled
With fardels even to wincing; from fair sky
Fell sudden little rain, scarce to be called
A shower, which of the instant was gone wholly by.
"The Cloud's Swan-Song" by Francis Thompson