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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: strenuus

strenuous

adjective
     
stren‧u‧ous
1 needing a lot of effort or strength:
a strenuous climb
The doctor advised Ken to avoid strenuous exercise.
2 active and determined:
Sherry's been making a strenuous effort to lose weight.
strenuously adverb:
Barrett strenuously denied rumors that he would resign.
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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