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onerous

[on-er-uh s, oh-ner-] /ˈɒn ər əs, ˈoʊ nər-/
adjective
1.
burdensome, oppressive, or troublesome; causing hardship:
onerous duties.
2.
having or involving obligations or responsibilities, especially legal ones, that outweigh the advantages:
an onerous agreement.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin onerōsus, equivalent to oner- (stem of onus) burden + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
onerously, adverb
onerousness, onerosity
[oh-nuh-ros-i-tee] /ˌoʊ nəˈrɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
nononerous, adjective
nononerously, adverb
nononerousness, noun
unonerous, adjective
unonerously, adverb
unonerousness, noun
Synonyms
1. heavy, crushing, grievous; irksome, galling.
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British Dictionary definitions for nononerous

onerous

/ˈɒnərəs; ˈəʊ-/
adjective
1.
laborious or oppressive
2.
(law) (of a contract, lease, etc) having or involving burdens or obligations that counterbalance or outweigh the advantages
Derived Forms
onerously, adverb
onerousness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin onerōsus burdensome, from onus load
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Word Origin and History for nononerous

onerous

adj.

late 14c., from Old French onereus, honereus (14c., Modern French onéreux) and directly from Latin onerosus, from onus (genitive oneris) "burden" (see onus).

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