Vocabulary Builder

Vocabulary Builder

    Improve Your Writing

  • Boost your vocabulary
  • See words in the context of real sentences
  • Learn by association and by definition
  • Master a new lexicon!

Get Started Below

Vocabulary Word

Word: arduous

Definition: hard; strenuous; Ex. arduous work

Sentences Containing 'arduous'

"Well, you can imagine how hard it was to settle down to arduous work at 2 pounds a week when I knew that I could earn as much in a day by smearing my face with a little paint, laying my cap on the ground, and sitting still.
A separate kitchen was used for the more arduous task of the domestic routine, with the fourth room being a small buttery, used as a larder.
After a long and arduous startup period that spanned the Great Depression and World War II, The Brush-Punnett Company made some early successes by selling safes to Vassar College for its dormitories and steel skids to Eastman Kodak.
After an arduous journey, Mill Reef tasted defeat for the first time by the narrowest of margins to another exceptional English two-year-old, My Swallow.
After this the history goes on to say that the day fixed for the battle arrived, and that the duke, after having repeatedly instructed his lacquey Tosilos how to deal with Don Quixote so as to vanquish him without killing or wounding him, gave orders to have the heads removed from the lances, telling Don Quixote that Christian charity, on which he plumed himself, could not suffer the battle to be fought with so much risk and danger to life; and that he must be content with the offer of a battlefield on his territory (though that was against the decree of the holy Council, which prohibits all challenges of the sort) and not push such an arduous venture to its extreme limits.
And among other reasons, I am induced to entrust this arduous task to thee by the consideration that if Camilla be conquered by thee the conquest will not be pushed to extremes, but only far enough to account that accomplished which from a sense of honour will be left undone; thus I shall not be wronged in anything more than intention, and my wrong will remain buried in the integrity of thy silence, which I know well will be as lasting as that of death in what concerns me.
As I followed the chief waiter with my eyes, I could not help thinking that the garden in which he had gradually blown to be the flower he was, was an arduous place to rise in.
As one "Education Week" writer described their findings, "Constant, real-time data monitoring streamlines the formerly arduous task of analyzing student results, giving teachers more time to plan and individualize lessons to accelerate and enhance learning."
Austin made campaign history by buying television time to promote his local race, but he also entered living rooms in a more conventional – and arduous way – going from door-to-door until, he said, he had visited 60 percent of the homes in the district." The campaign wrap-up concluded, "His loss to Zemprelli means he will leave public office in December when his House term expires.
Burned out by the arduous labor of Uhuru, M-1 and stic.man chose to focus on music.
Each adventurous genius will still leap at the arduous prize, and find himself stimulated, rather that discouraged, by the failures of his predecessors; while he hopes that the glory of achieving so hard an adventure is reserved for him alone.
Father Kemble, now 80, was taken on the arduous journey to London to be interviewed about the plot.
Getting to Kilauea, the more frequently painted volcano required an arduous two- or three-day roundtrip journey on horseback.
Her spiritual journey started in the Institute of the Handmaids of Charity in Brescia, where she thread the arduous path by means of an apostolic life.
However, as has been noted, "Verdi did not begin preparing the skeleton score for "Una vendetta" before composer and versifier decided on the Pomeranian setting" After an arduous journey, Verdi arrived in Naples in January 1858.
I trust that the labour and hazard of an investigation--of which the smallest results have been slowly pieced together, in the pressure of arduous avocations, under grinding penurious apprehensions, at rise of morn, at dewy eve, in the shadows of night, under the watchful eye of one whom it were superfluous to call Demon--combined with the struggle of parental Poverty to turn it, when completed, to the right account, may be as the sprinkling of a few drops of sweet water on my funeral pyre.
In 1924, Trotsky, who originally had thought that the Russian masses were only superficially religious, warned that the struggle against religion would be a long and arduous battle and he spoke of religion as a cultural phenomena to be attacked on all fronts with every means except the forced closure of churches.
In more prosperous houses, pumps are installed; this is an improvement over the original methods, but the quantity of water consumed by the average family is so great as to make the task of pumping an arduous one.
Is it, haply, an idle occupation, or is the time ill-spent that is spent in roaming the world in quest, not of its enjoyments, but of those arduous toils whereby the good mount upwards to the abodes of everlasting life?
Next day he returned in triumph to Oxford, having completed the arduous task entrusted to him with a loss of only eleven men killed and forty or fifty wounded.
Oakley describes the episode as "one of the most arduous rewrites in the history of the show" because much of the dialogue had to be re-written.
Since the plot is Shakespearan, the maker has the arduous task of telling you this story on an opulent scale.
Solid bearing pin chain Solid bearing pin chain has the same dimensions as hollow bearing pin chain but is more robust and thus suitable for more arduous conveyor applications.
The Accessory Transit Company was a company set up by Cornelius Vanderbilt and others during the California Gold Rush in the 1850s, to transport would-be prospectors from the east coast of the United States to the west coast. At the time, an overland journey across the US was an arduous undertaking and could last many weeks.
The journey to Bermuda, whether by sail or by early steamship, was arduous (Princess fixture Samuel Clemens quipped, "Bermuda is Heaven, but you have to go through Hell to get there!"), especially as, in the early years of the industry, visitors travelled to the island for the winter months.
The negotiations proved arduous and protracted, and by mid-1985 the talks had bogged down.
The walls were constructed of fourteen inch thickhand-squared blocks of Portland Roach stone ashlar, the most arduous to mason, each block being the full width of the walls.
The water may be brought to the surface either by laboriously raising it, bucket by bucket, or by the less arduous method of pumping.
They roused them up, and bade them get the horses ready, as at sunrise they were to engage in a bloody and arduous single combat; at which intelligence Sancho was aghast and thunderstruck, trembling for the safety of his master because of the mighty deeds he had heard the squire of the Grove ascribe to his; but without a word the two squires went in quest of their cattle; for by this time the three horses and the ass had smelt one another out, and were all together.
Well, then, all this that I put before thee is but an incentive and stimulant to my spirit, making my heart burst in my bosom through eagerness to engage in this adventure, arduous as it promises to be; therefore tighten Rocinante's girths a little, and God be with thee; wait for me here three days and no more, and if in that time I come not back, thou canst return to our village, and thence, to do me a favour and a service, thou wilt go to El Toboso, where thou shalt say to my incomparable lady Dulcinea that her captive knight hath died in attempting things that might make him worthy of being called hers."
While they attempt this arduous task, they are deterred by no difficulties; but proceeding from particular instances to general principles, they still push on their enquiries to principles more general, and rest not satisfied till they arrive at those original principles, by which, in every science, all human curiosity must be bounded.
Who, I say again, was the fool that knows not that there are no letters patent of nobility that confer such privileges or exemptions as a knight-errant acquires the day he is dubbed a knight, and devotes himself to the arduous calling of chivalry?
With many years of arduous vocal studies, she received a Superior Diploma in Lyrical Art with a unanimous vote, and with congratulations from the jury.

More Vocab Words

::: commune - small (often rural) community whose members share work and income; V: exchange thoughts or feelings; Ex. commune with nature
::: courier - messenger
::: carnal - fleshly; sensual; concerning the desires of the body
::: devise - think up; invent; plan; bequeath; N: bequest
::: actuarial - calculating; pertaining to insurance statistics
::: tact - skill or sensitivity in dealing with people without causing offence
::: ruffian - violent scoundrel; bully
::: potential - expressing possibility; latent; N: capacity for growth
::: labile - likely to change; unstable; Ex. emotionally labile; N. lability
::: superficial - of the surface; not deep; shallow; not thorough; trivial; Ex. superficial analysis/knowledge