onerous | onerousness | onerously

Exam frequency

GRE

medium

Banks

medium

Civil Services

medium

Meaning(s)

something difficult or unpleasant to do

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onerous - difficult

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If something is ‘onerous’, then it is challenging and requires a lot of effort to complete. The term also implies that the arduous task you are doing is made worse by the fact that you find it unpleasant or distasteful. This formal word is most commonly used in a professional context.

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Synonyms burdensome,strenuous
Antonyms effortless,painless,undemanding

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  1. Deciding which employees should be let go was an onerous duty. I wish I didn’t have to make those decisions.

  2. Due to the onerousness of the task, I felt I had to do it myself rather than burden somebody else with it.

  3. The risks involved in the operation remain onerously high. As it stands, I just don’t feel safe being involved.

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