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operose

[op-uh-rohs]
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adjective
  1. industrious, as a person.
  2. done with or involving much labor.
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Origin of operose

1660–70; < Latin operōsus busy, active, equivalent to oper- (stem of opus) work + -ōsus -ose1
Related formsop·er·ose·ly, adverbop·er·ose·ness, noun
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operose

adjective rare
  1. laborious
  2. industrious; busy
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Derived Formsoperosely, adverboperoseness, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin operōsus painstaking, from opus work
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Word Origin and History for operose

adj.

"involving much labor," 1670s, from Latin operosus "taking great pains, laborious, active, industrious," from opus (genitive operis) "work" (see opus). Related: Operosity.

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