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Definition difficult  — especially requiring great effort over an extended period of time
  • At last, they won their long and arduous fight for independence.
arduous = difficult
  • She undertook the arduous work of caring for twins.
  • arduous = difficult
  • I appreciate your willingness after these six arduous days to remain here.
  • arduous = difficult
  • It was a brief resting period between the exacting and arduous planting season and the equally exacting but light-hearted month of harvests.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • arduous = difficult
  • My dear guardian, with the assistance of Miss Prism, has the arduous task of looking after me.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • arduous = difficult
  • being a commercial traveller is arduous but without travelling I couldn't earn my living.
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • arduous = difficult
  • They worked their arduous way up the mining valley.
  • arduous = difficult
  • I can think of no reason to let go of the hold we now have on this arduous an enterprise.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • The rest of us must be contented with a fair, but a less arduous, goal.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • It was arduous work and neither of them knew the technique.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • They were arduous, for he had to attend on an average three confinements a day.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • The white rectangle moved with the busy arduous ants.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Then Shefford divined why the Navajo had made that arduous climb.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • Even this simple conversation seemed impossibly arduous.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • But now, he turned against the stream in which he had drifted so short a while before, and began swimming arduously back against the current.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • The method of searching the swamps is simple yet arduous.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • We did not consider going to British-controlled Palestine as the life there would be too arduous for my parents.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • What had he taken this arduous climb for?
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • The leg I'd run had been arduous and long, but there were still others—more questions and answers—more key witnesses, many more hours to Gail's day.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • Her guests reported an arduous ride down the mountain, with only one incident to lend excitement.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars

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