drudgery

[druhj-uh-ree]
noun, plural drudgeries.
menial, distasteful, dull, or hard work.

Origin:
1540–50; drudge + -ery


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drudgery (ˈdrʌdʒərɪ)
 
n , pl -eries
hard, menial, and monotonous work

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drudgery
1540s, from drudge + -ery.
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Example sentences
They are beloved playthings that help break the drudgery of frontline life.
That's what produces the postdoc, five-year drudgery.
Yet among many politicians, a palpable thrill has supplanted the usual drudgery.
Drudgery and discomfort aboard ship goes hand-in-hand with the danger.
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