Origin of onerous
Examples from the Web for onerous
The pair had argued, and the assistant ceased performing this most onerous of duties.
The demand of being an EU state have been onerous and living conditions have not improved.In Hands of Hungarian Artist, Jewish Home Movies of the ’30s a Warning of Coming Holocaust|Daniel Genis|October 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Help with onerous conditions is not help so much as benevolent coercion.
He managed to put these onerous, labor-intensive veggies at the forefront of his restaurant—and found much success.Rodrigo de la Calle Is Spain’s Vegetable Whisperer|Kara Cutruzzula|March 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The new FSA media requirements, however, will be onerous for freelancers if they are maintained.
He had been busy—the onerous duties of an attaché—and so forth.Patsy|S. R. Crockett
No longer do I take delight in their disburdenment, for it has become an onerous duty, a wearisome and distasteful task.Revolution and Other Essays|Jack London
His originally powerful mind is excited to fresh exertion by his onerous and exalted position.
His position was an onerous one, for the reputation of the wine was considerable, and it was necessary to maintain it.A History of Champagne|Henry Vizetelly
For ideas generate duties, knowledge stimulates action, and to act in a world of doubt may well be onerous.
Word Origin for onerous
late 14c., from Old French onereus, honereus (14c., Modern French onéreux) and directly from Latin onerosus, from onus (genitive oneris) "burden" (see onus).