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Date: 1800-1900
Origin: gruel 'to punish' (1800-1900), from gruel 'food'; because people were given gruel as a punishment

gruelling

adjective
     
gru‧el‧ling British English ; grueling American English
very difficult and tiring:
The cast took a break from their gruelling schedule.
a grueling journey
WORD FOCUS: difficult WORD FOCUS: difficult
difficult to do: hard, tough, challenging, daunting

difficult and needing a lot of physical effort: tough, strenuous, back-breaking, gruelling, arduous, punishing

difficult to deal with or talk about: tricky, awkward, delicate, sensitive, touchy

words for describing a difficult person: awkward, trying

words for describing difficult conditions: adverse, hostile


See also
difficult

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