- characterized by vigorous exertion, as action, efforts, life, etc.: a strenuous afternoon of hunting.
- demanding or requiring vigorous exertion; laborious: To think deeply is a strenuous task.
- vigorous, energetic, or zealously active: a strenuous person; a strenuous intellect.
Origin of strenuous
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Examples from the Web for strenuously
One thing to be strenuously avoided is anything that smacks of glorifying the act itself.'Genie, You're Free': Suicide Is Not Liberation
August 12, 2014
Gupta also strenuously denies that there was any financial incentive for him to back Gardasil.Sanjay Gupta, on the Ebola Front Lines
August 4, 2014
Scott Lively, the man who so strenuously promoted the anti-gay laws in Uganda, is a frequent WCF speaker.The Kremlin’s Favorite Anti-Gay Hate Group is Coming to Utah
July 19, 2014
Attorneys for Goddard and Singer have previously strenuously denied all earlier charges against their clients.Exclusive: Bryan Singer Faces New Teen Sex Assault Lawsuit
May 4, 2014
If they swam just as strenuously on the tenth immersion as on the first, the risk of drowning would increase dramatically.How Depression Could Save Your Life
March 4, 2014
They did not strenuously urge me to return to the bank, and that seemed strange to me.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
And if he loses that your uncle would no longer support so strenuously his suit with you.Love-at-Arms
But there was no time to waste and recruiting was strenuously pushed.Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman
J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
She did not oppose them, at least not strenuously, but she did not encourage them.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
The people work all the time, but they refuse to work as strenuously as Americans.Where Half The World Is Waking Up
- requiring or involving the use of great energy or effort
- characterized by great activity, effort, or endeavour
Word Origin and History for strenuously
"characterized by great effort," 1590s, from Latin strenuus "active, vigorous, keen." Probably cognate with Greek strenes, strenos "keen, strong," strenos "arrogance, eager desire," Old English stierne "hard, severe, keen" (see stern (adj.)). Mocked by Ben Jonson as a pedantic neologism in "Poetaster" (1601). Sense of "requiring much energy" is first recorded 1670s. Related: Strenuously; strenuousness.