- 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
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Examples from the Web for strenuousness
She felt the strenuousness of striving to keep abreast of Hattie.
In each reader the strenuousness had taken a different form.
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
It was unnecessary, but I wished to present an appearance of strenuousness.Sonia Between two Worlds
- requiring or involving the use of great energy or effort
- characterized by great activity, effort, or endeavour
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.