noun, verb (used with object) Archaic.
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OTHER WORDS FROM burthenbur·then·some, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for burthen
Dorothy had tried her best to relieve Letty of half her burthen, and in return had been made a bone of contention between them.
I should be sorry to lay upon you, my dear madam, a burthen greater than the one you have already to bear.
But there, all novels are a heavy burthen while they are doing, and a sensible disappointment when they are done.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
Her length is six hundred and ninety-five feet; her breadth eighty-five feet, and her burthen twenty-two thousand tons.
When John Clarke was sent to negotiate the second charter he was obliged to burthen his estate with a mortgage.A short history of Rhode Island|George Washington Greene