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exertion

[ig-zur-shuh n] /ɪgˈzɜr ʃən/
noun
1.
vigorous action or effort:
physical and mental exertion.
2.
an effort:
a great exertion to help others.
3.
exercise, as of power or faculties.
4.
an instance of this.
Origin of exertion
1660-1670
1660-70; exert + -ion
Related forms
nonexertion, noun
self-exertion, noun
superexertion, noun
Synonyms
1. endeavor, struggle, attempt, activity, strain. See effort.
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  • What but self exertion, aided by the blessing of Heaven, rendered these men so conspicuous for usefulness?

    The Young Man's Guide William A. Alcott
Word Origin and History for self exertion

exertion

n.

1660s, "act of exerting," from exert + -ion. Meaning "vigorous action or effort" is from 1777.

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