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strenuous

Syllabification: stren·u·ous
Pronunciation: /ˈstrenyo͞oəs
 
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Definition of strenuous in English:

adjective

Requiring or using great exertion: all your muscles need more oxygen during strenuous exercise
More example sentences
  • He will make strenuous efforts to make sure that no criminal act on the inside, or the outside, can be traced back to him.
  • To mitigate this perception, strenuous efforts are being made to engage local people.
  • It is also making strenuous efforts to recruit new staff and train unqualified employees.
Synonyms
informal killing
archaic toilsome
vigorous, energetic, zealous, forceful, strong, spirited, intense, determined, resolute, tenacious, tireless, indefatigable, dogged
formal pertinacious

Origin

early 17th century: from Latin strenuus 'brisk' + -ous.

Derivatives

strenuously

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • It's hard to think of anyone else who's laboured as strenuously to make the case for war.'
  • They strenuously deny it would attract problem drinkers.
  • Jackson strenuously denied the charge and was acquitted.

strenuousness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • His preferred terms of admiration reflect the Victorian preoccupation with ‘character’, inflected perhaps by his endorsement of strenuousness as the essential ingredient of moral heroism.
  • It is also important to repeatedly remind participants to watch for overheating during the cardiovascular segment of the class - the water's coolness keeps the heart rate lower and can mask the strenuousness of the exercise.
  • Although secretly piqued by Jake's comments and judgment, Luke decided that the current situation didn't need extra strenuousness.

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