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3 definitions found
 for strenuous
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Strenuous \Stren"u*ous\, a. [L. strenuus; cf. Gr. ? strong,
     hard, rough, harsh.]
     Eagerly pressing or urgent; zealous; ardent; earnest; bold;
     valiant; intrepid; as, a strenuous advocate for national
     rights; a strenuous reformer; a strenuous defender of his
     country.
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           And spirit-stirring wine, that strenuous makes.
                                                    --Chapman.
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           Strenuous, continuous labor is pain.     --I. Taylor.
     [1913 Webster] -- Stren"u*ous*ly, adv. --
     Stren"u*ous*ness, n.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  strenuous
      adj 1: characterized by or performed with much energy or force;
             "strenuous exercise"
      2: taxing to the utmost; testing powers of endurance; "his
         final, straining burst of speed"; "a strenuous task"; "your
         willingness after these six arduous days to remain here"-
         F.D.Roosevelt [syn: arduous, straining, strenuous]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  39 Moby Thesaurus words for "strenuous":
     Herculean, active, arduous, breathless, burdensome, demanding,
     determined, difficult, dogged, dynamic, eager, earnest, effortful,
     energetic, enthusiastic, exhausting, hard, indefatigable, intense,
     laborious, lusty, mean, operose, persistent, pertinacious,
     red-blooded, resolute, sincere, taxing, tenacious, tireless,
     tiring, toilsome, tough, uphill, vigorous, vital, wicked,
     zealous
  
  

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