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[bur-th uh n] /ˈbɜr ðən/
noun, verb (used with object), Archaic.
burden1 .
Related forms
burthensome, adjective Unabridged
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  • Time, instead of lightening the burthen, appeared to add to it.
  • But if it fail, and fall out contrary, thyself alone deservedly shalt carry the shameful reproach and burthen of either party.
  • They are a burthen, a nuisance, which the already equipped corps can in no case be reasonably expected to withstand.
  • The burthen of the present cry for prison reform is that the existing system neglects the one and carries the other too far.
British Dictionary definitions for burthen


noun, verb
an archaic word for burden1
Derived Forms
burthensome, adjective
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Word Origin and History for burthen

see burden.

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