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onerous

adjective uk   /ˈəʊ.nər.əs/ us    /ˈɑː.nɚ-/ formal
difficult to do or needing a lot of effort: the onerous task of finding a peaceful solution She found the duties of motherhood onerous.
onerousness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Translations of “onerous”
in Spanish pesado…
in French pénible…
in German lästig…
in Chinese (Traditional) 繁重的, 麻煩的, 艱巨的…
in Russian тягостный, изнурительный…
in Turkish zahmetli, külfetli, ağır…
in Chinese (Simplified) 繁重的, 麻烦的, 艰巨的…
in Polish ciężki, uciążliwy…
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