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Definition energetic; or physically or mentally difficult or requiring endurance
  • The doctor recommended strenuous exercise three times a week.
strenuous = difficult (requiring much effort)
  • Landscaping is strenuous work in the Texas summer.
  • strenuous = difficult (requiring endurance)
  • The sanctions were imposed despite strenuous objections from Moscow.
  • strenuous = energetic
  • I never do anything more strenuous than climbing a flight of stairs.
  • strenuous = difficult (requiring much effort)
  • His legs were sore from remaining rigid for so long. Standing still was more strenuous than walking.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • strenuous = difficult
  • During spring and summer—the most strenuous periods of foraging—a worker bee, as a rule, does not live more than four or five weeks.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • strenuous = physically demanding
  • As she raised her hand and swore that the evidence she gave would be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help her God, she seemed somehow fragile-looking, but when she sat facing us in the witness chair she became what she was, a thick-bodied girl accustomed to strenuous labor.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • strenuous = difficult
  • Everybody was in it, so I knew it was going to be a strenuous bore.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • strenuous = difficult
  • that can only be done by suffering, by strenuous, uninterrupted labour.
    Anton Chekhov  --  The Cherry Orchard
  • strenuous = difficult
  • I was strenuous against the project.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • Why did you object so strenuously to the excellent structural changes suggested by Mr. Prescott and Mr. Webb?
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Even these brief interludes are almost too strenuous for me.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • Though his days were no less strenuous than at the height of the epidemic, the prospect of imminent release had obliterated his fatigue.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • I was accustomed to hours of strenuous activity every day, between working construction, running, and the gym.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • If you're going to stop a band playing every time some one has an accident, you'll lead a very strenuous life.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • We have all of us living duties and living affections which claim, and rightly claim, our strenuous endeavours.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • His was the leisure without sympathy—an attitude as fatal as the strenuous; a little cold culture may be raised on it, but no art.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • A strange weariness began to show itself in all his movements; even his walk, firm, bold and strenuous, was changed.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • It was slow, irritating, strenuous toil, for the way was on a steep slant, rough and loose and dragging.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • Levin, looking at the tiny, pitiful creature, made strenuous efforts to discover in his heart some traces of fatherly feeling for it.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina

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