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strenuous

[stren-yoo-uh s] /ˈstrɛn yu əs/
adjective
1.
characterized by vigorous exertion, as action, efforts, life, etc.:
a strenuous afternoon of hunting.
2.
demanding or requiring vigorous exertion; laborious:
To think deeply is a strenuous task.
3.
vigorous, energetic, or zealously active:
a strenuous person; a strenuous intellect.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin strēnuus; see -ous
Related forms
strenuously, adverb
strenuousness, strenuosity
[stren-yoo-os-i-tee] /ˌstrɛn yuˈɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
quasi-strenuous, adjective
quasi-strenuously, adverb
superstrenuous, adjective
superstrenuously, adverb
superstrenuousness, noun
unstrenuous, adjective
unstrenuously, adverb
unstrenuousness, noun
Synonyms
3. forceful. See active.
Antonyms
2. easy.
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  • Or those with physical disabilities or injuries which make regular strenuous exercise difficult or impossible.
  • In fact, your strenuous efforts at dissuasion could end up reinforcing his views.
  • strenuous physical activity in adolescents actually seemed to make mind matters worse.
  • The development of critical thinking can be a strenuous undertaking and requires all kinds of effort.
  • From the position now occupied he did not seriously depart throughout the strenuous literary work of his mature years.
  • His attempts to close that rift were strenuous and honest and ineffective.
  • The language itself is made strenuous, its musculature easily traced, so that even the grammar becomes a form of rhetoric.
  • The study did not address why more strenuous exercise appears to be helpful.
  • The tone feels pushy and strenuous, the timing a beat or two off.
  • The condition can be fatal if, during strenuous exercise, the heart pounds so fast that no blood enters its chambers at all.
British Dictionary definitions for strenuous

strenuous

/ˈstrɛnjʊəs/
adjective
1.
requiring or involving the use of great energy or effort
2.
characterized by great activity, effort, or endeavour
Derived Forms
strenuosity (ˌstrɛnjʊˈɒsɪtɪ), strenuousness, noun
strenuously, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin strēnuus brisk, vigorous
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Word Origin and History for strenuous
adj.

"characterized by great effort," 1590s, from Latin strenuus "active, vigorous, keen." Probably cognate with Greek strenes, strenos "keen, strong," strenos "arrogance, eager desire," Old English stierne "hard, severe, keen" (see stern (adj.)). Mocked by Ben Jonson as a pedantic neologism in "Poetaster" (1601). Sense of "requiring much energy" is first recorded 1670s. Related: Strenuously; strenuousness.

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