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[stren-yoo-uh s] /ˈstrɛn yu əs/
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
1590-1600; < Latin strēnuus; see -ous
Related forms
strenuously, adverb
strenuousness, strenuosity
[stren-yoo-os-i-tee] /ˌstrɛn yuˈɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
quasi-strenuous, adjective
quasi-strenuously, adverb
superstrenuous, adjective
superstrenuously, adverb
superstrenuousness, noun
unstrenuous, adjective
unstrenuously, adverb
unstrenuousness, noun
3. forceful.
2. easy.
Synonym Study
3. See active. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for strenuousness
Historical Examples
  • She felt the strenuousness of striving to keep abreast of Hattie.

    Emmy Lou George Madden Martin
  • In each reader the strenuousness had taken a different form.

    Emmy Lou George Madden Martin
  • I know now that the speed and strenuousness of it was telling upon all of us.

    The Message Alec John Dawson
  • He had brought back to the flat the strenuousness of business.

    The Innocents Sinclair Lewis
  • It was unnecessary, but I wished to present an appearance of strenuousness.

    Sonia Between two Worlds Stephen McKenna
  • The strain of the moment is felt in the strenuousness of the prophecy.

  • One can only characterise this as a very superfluity of strenuousness.

  • If it is defective, the defect all comes from some want of strenuousness as you went along.

    Stained Glass Work C. W. Whall
  • Any lack of strenuousness about the Cretan Fair was amply atoned for.

    Julia Ward Howe Laura E. Richards
  • It requires intensity of thought and strenuousness of will and solidity of judgment.

    The Gentle Reader Samuel McChord Crothers
British Dictionary definitions for strenuousness


requiring or involving the use of great energy or effort
characterized by great activity, effort, or endeavour
Derived Forms
strenuosity (ˌstrɛnjʊˈɒsɪtɪ), strenuousness, noun
strenuously, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin strēnuus brisk, vigorous
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Word Origin and History for strenuousness



"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.

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