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Origin of strenuous
Examples from the Web for strenuousness
Beethoven, with the strenuousness that came from his Rhenish ancestry, was more intractable, impatient of interference.Beethoven|George Alexander Fischer
Not only was he increasing in size and weight, but he was storing up strength and strenuousness for the work that lay before him.Forest Neighbors|William Davenport Hulbert
The strenuousness of the times imposed burdens on him never before borne by a governor.Makers and Romance of Alabama History|B. F. Riley
The first was marked by the strenuousness of D'Avezac fifteen years ago.
For would not the softness be all for one's self, and the strenuousness for society, which admired the air of superiority?The Portrait of a Lady|Henry James
Word Origin for strenuous
"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.