[bur-thuh n]

noun, verb (used with object) Archaic.

Related formsbur·then·some, adjective
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Related Words for burthen

albatross, burden, onus, burthen

Examples from the Web for burthen

Historical Examples of burthen

  • Well, I suppose you are aware of this much: corn is threshed by beasts of burthen?

  • You cannot help feeling that they are costly to you, and they must see that you find them a burthen?

  • Idle Richard is a burthen to himself, and scorned by everybody.

  • Here tears relieved her from a part of that burthen, which was before insupportable.

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  • This is the burthen and message of the whole passage (verses 11-18).

British Dictionary definitions for burthen


noun, verb

an archaic word for burden 1
Derived Formsburthensome, adjective
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Word Origin and History for burthen

see burden.

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