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punishing

adjective     /ˈpʌn.ɪ.ʃɪŋ/
very difficult and making you feel tired: Currently she has a punishing schedule of five presentations a day.Complicated and difficult to doDifficult to understand punishingly     /-li/ adverb a punishingly heavy workload (= a very large amount of work)Complicated and difficult to doDifficult to understand
(Definition of punishing adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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