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Below you will find the definition of laborious, followed by 44 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort
EXAMPLES - Laborious in a Sentence
- Putting all parties under one tent is a laborious process. (source)
- Their attendance was required, but it need not be made laborious. (source)
- Like much of his work, the process itself is laborious but simple. (source)
- "laborious" process of ensuring every grave was properly identified. (source)
- John: No, writing is a brutal, laborious under-taking, I'm a director first. (source)
- No, I'm talking the laborious internal decisions that govern the big picture. (source)
- A lot of work too, and puts my 'laborious' breakfast routine into perspective. (source)
- Sometimes he would go on, after a pause, in a kind of laborious elucidation: "Na, na! (source)
- Turning the carcass was a laborious job, but Born managed without having to wake Ruumahum. (source)
- Was making "Clash of the Titans" fun or was it a laborious, special-effects-heavy production (source)
- The Zionist pioneers did the laborious work of draining the swamps and making the desert bloom. (source)
- There was rarely a hastily scribbled note or anything written in anger, because it was such a laborious task. (source)
- Chapter Sixteen The long road home unrolled laborious mile by mile, frustrating hour after hour and day after day. (source)
- Following four hours of grueling competition and eight laborious costume changes, it's time to determine the winner. (source)
- And at this distance from the strait, surely she would keep to a used path, and not wind a laborious way deep in cover. (source)
- "This is very, very laborious," he says, but he still manages to identify caterpillars ready for release with barely a second glance. (source)
- The organisation called it a "laborious" task to add or remove a car from a list on the system and said some cars disappear altogether. (source)
- Rice County Sheriff Richard Cook says the search has been "laborious" as rescuers fight a strong current and near-freezing water temperatures. (source)
- So I learned (more or less) though I still don't know how to backspace and find the process so laborious that my messages are necessarily brief. (source)
- And still, critics grilled him for his less-than-perfect drawing skills, laborious compositions, uninventive brushwork, and rather dull painterly texture. (source)
- These buildings have been almost entirely erected by the soldiers, who are compelled to work from morning till night at every kind of laborious employment. (source)
- For the most part it was a silent forest, lush and dank, where only occasionally a wood-pigeon cooed or snow - white cockatoos laughed harshly in laborious flight. (source)
- Honoring commitments isn't a matter of "rigid social conventions," it's a matter of showing respect for the fact that hosting is a laborious bit of generosity to one's guests. (source)
- They're actually claiming, in the year 2012, that putting this basic information online -- in other words, PDF-ing a document and posting it to the Web -- is far too laborious. (source)
- The unfortunate reputation that writing often bears as being boring and laborious is likely a result of people writing about uninteresting topics and doing so only out of necessity. (source)
- Over the summer, the president embraced the laborious efforts made by Senator Max Baucus and the so-called "Gang of Six" to negotiate in good faith and reach some sort of bipartisan consensus. (source)
- Because there are so many foreclosed-on homes that lenders are trying to resell at bargain prices, he said, there is little incentive for a buyer to go through the "laborious" process of a short sale. (source)
- What a difference a month makes: it seems hard to remember just how embattled, undecided, and ineffectual the Barack Obama administration looked just a month ago before the passage of the laborious health care bill. (source)
- He was afraid of having achieved the goal of his journey, and being left with only the sickening fall after achievement, and the way home an endless, laborious descent into a long darkness, ending in nothing better than loss. (source)
- Gervase, speaking of one of these species, says: -- "If anything should be to be carried on in the house, or any kind of laborious work to be done, they join themselves to the work, and expedite it with more than human facility." (source)
- "How hard would you work if you couldn't get fired," says one pundit of teachers, apparently immune to the irony that he was, at that moment, participating in one of the least laborious and most unaccountable professions in America. (source)
- The feathers of these gay little sylphs, most of them from the Southern States, are most brilliant, and are represented with what, were it [not] connected with so much spirit in the attitude, I would call a laborious degree of execution. (source)
- Two rescue workers died in a laborious rescue attempt in the town of San Jose Rincon in Mexico state on Monday, scaling down a makeshift tunnel 45 feet (15 meters) underground, that stretched some 150 feet (50 meters) long, local press reports said. (source)
- It wasn't clear how long the laborious process would take or if it would even solve the mystery behind Thursday's harrowing trading session that saw the Dow Jones industrial average fall hundreds of points and then recover, all in a matter of minutes. (source)
- Angry lawmakers on Wednesday sharply questioned the Army on its confusion over the location of some veterans 'remains at Arlington National Cemetery, as service officials described the slow "laborious" process of ensuring every grave was properly identified. (source)
- His veracity, that is, his laborious accuracy, is admitted by the only persons competent to form an opinion, namely, independent investigators who have followed in his track; but what may be called the internal evidence of the case also supplies a strong proof of it. (source)
- WASHINGTON - Angry lawmakers on Wednesday sharply questioned the Army on its confusion over the location of some veterans 'remains at Arlington National Cemetery, as service officials described the slow "laborious" process of ensuring every grave was properly identified. (source)
- If woman be the weaker creature, why is she employed in laborious avocations? why compelled to endure the fatigue of household drudgery; to scrub, to scower, to labour, both late and early, while the powdered lacquey only waits at the chair, or behind the carriage of his employer? (source)
- When with the sun's setting he did not return, Alobar gave the nymphs a last squeeze and began his long, laborious descent, during which he several times heard thunderous laughter ring round about him and once thought he saw a moonbeam strike, high up in the crags, a fleeting horn. (source)
- His most stable job, obviously, was the one he had working as a rigger mechanic at the navy yard, and as I started to say, he did generally that kind of laborious work for quite a few years until the latter part of my stay at home, which was when I was about sixteen or seventeen years old. (source)
- The coarse-grained sandalwood was so tough it made her arms ache to chip it, but with each laborious push of the rasp, it propelled a zephyr of warm, clean, forest air past her nose, an invisible vapor that sang to her of the pad of the tiger's paw upon dry leaves, upon fallen parrot nests and dark Madras moss. (source)
- For better or worse, Mr. McMillian has written a book about a slice of the 1960s zeitgeist: the rapid rise and fall of the underground press across the U.S. It's a pity he didn't bring a bit of frothy exuberance to this laborious examination of long-forgotten newspapers such as the Washington Free Press, Space City! (source)
- Administration officials arguing for a settlement say that on robo-signing alone that it would be a long laborious process to prosecute all these claims, that not that many attorneys general would do aggressive prosecution, and that even if prosecutors won all the potential cases, the amount of money that would be awarded wouldn't be all that much more than what the settlement is calling for. (source)
- In the future, visitors will theoretically be able to go to the site when the mood strikes, much as they visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. But for now and the next few years, accessing the Sept. 11 Memorial will entail a laborious process requiring the reservation of tickets ahead of time, and then, on the appointed date, wending through a downtown obstacle course involving two outdoor ticket screening points and a security checkpoint inside 90 West St. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 44 example sentences provided below is 48.0, which suggests that "laborious" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 23 synonyms for laborious.
arduous, backbreaking, burdensome, effortful, fatiguing, forced, heavy, herculean, labored, onerous, operose, ponderous, rough go, stiff, strained, strenuous, tiresome, toilsome, tough, tough job, wearing, wearisome, wicked
We have 9 antonyms for laborious.
easy, effortless, facile, idle, lackadaisical, lazy, reticent, simple, trivial
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
Pronunciation: (lə-bôrˈē-əs, -bōrˈ-)
View up to 25 definitions of laborious from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Marked by or requiring long, hard work: spent many laborious hours on the project.
- (adjective) Hard-working; industrious.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Requiring much physical effort; toilsome.
- (adjective) Mentally difficult; painstaking
- (adjective) Industrious.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Requiring labor, perseverance, or sacrifices; toilsome; tiresome.
- (adjective) Devoted to labor; diligent; industrious.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Requiring much labor, exertion, or perseverance; toilsome; not easy: as, laborious duties; a laborious undertaking.
- (None) Using exertion; practising labor; diligent in work or service; assiduous: as, a laborious husbandman or mechanic; a laborious minister or pastor.
- (None) Characterized by labor or effort; marked by or manifesting labor.
- (None) Synonyms Difficult arduous, wearisome, fatiguing, onerous.
- (None) Industrious, painstaking, active, hard-working.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort