Definition of onerous in English:


Syllabification: on·er·ous
Pronunciation: /ˈōnərəs, ˈänərəs




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  • In this time, that chaos is being unleashed by neoconservative actions within capitalism that are bearing down increasingly onerously on the lives of the young, women, working people and the poor generally.
  • In the mainland, conversely, ICBC's poor management, low pay, onerously high staffing levels and bulky branch network hamstrings many necessary reforms.
  • The result is that the more our government tries to impose impractical and onerously expensive legislation on to UK farming the more sub-standard produce will enter our country.


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  • Ossie Kilkenny, U2's accountant, comes in for a similar beating, having tried to get the author to sign a management contract of Dickensian onerousness.
  • In much of the literature on Neilson the reader is led to believe that the harshness of the Mallee and the sheer onerousness of his working life made it difficult for him to write.
  • The regulatory onerousness of this legislation is diametrically opposed to the Government's rhetoric of wanting to lift our economic growth by focusing on and progressing biotechnology.


late Middle English: from Old French onereus, from Latin onerosus, from onus, oner- 'burden'.

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