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Definition difficult (requiring significant effort)
  • They argue that onerous regulation is driving business from the city.
onerous = requiring significant effort
  • My duties weren't onerous; I only had to greet the guests.
  • onerous = difficult
  • He had spent the previous four years, as he saw it, preparing to fulfill an absurd and onerous duty: to graduate from college.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • onerous = difficult
  • The insubstantial frost feathers ensured that those last twenty feet remained hard, scary, onerous.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • onerous = difficult
  • The most onerous slavery is to be a slave to oneself.
  • Another thing she did, and which made traveling an onerous trial for her.
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  Tarzan of the Apes
  • It is a very onerous business, this of being served, and the debtor naturally wishes to give you a slap.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, Second Series
  • Some did this and continue to do it, though it is perhaps more onerous than working with blacks.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • His function was a responsible one, at once onerous & thankless, and his fidelity in it the greater because of his strong patriotic impulse.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • While other states have caps of more than a million dollars, and many have no cap at all, several states impose onerous eligibility requirements.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • For these guys, the concept carried many onerous responsibilities.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • But for the moment he undertook nothing more onerous.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • Oh, they were not onerous: just to sit at the head of his table now and then.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • And 'orribly and onerously overrun?
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • The milk of the poppy, for when the pain grows too onerous.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • A harmony established contrary to sense is often more onerous than a war.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • His duties had not been onerous but now he found that he had an overwhelming desire to sneeze.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • But on that onerous day, oppressed beyond relief, my own mortality was borne in upon me on sluggish tides of doom.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • "Oh, well, nothing at all onerous, I assure you," said Scrim-geour.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • It is a very onerous business,[467] this of being served, and the debtor naturally wishes to give you a slap.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays

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