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strenuous Line breaks: strenu|ous
Pronunciation: /ˈstrɛnjʊəs/

Definition of strenuous in English:


Requiring or using great effort or exertion: the government made strenuous efforts to upgrade the quality of the teaching profession
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  • 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.
informal no picnic, killing
British informal knackering
archaic toilsome
vigorous, energetic, active, enthusiastic, keen, zealous, forceful, strong, Herculean, spirited, dynamic, intense, determined, resolute, tenacious, tireless, stout, indefatigable, unremitting, dogged, pertinacious


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



Pronunciation: /ˈstrɛnjʊəsli/
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.


Pronunciation: /ˈstrɛnjʊəsnəs/
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.

Words that rhyme with strenuous

ingenuous, tenuous

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