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Saturday, December 03, 2011

Definitions for operose

  1. Done with or involving much labor.
  2. Industrious, as a person.

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Citations for operose
It seems to me a circuitous and operose way of relieving myself to put upon your community the emancipation which I ought to take on myself. Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
But what an operose method! What a train of means to secure a little conversation! Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays
Origin of operose
1660-1670
Operose is from the Latin word operosus meaning “taking great pains.” It shares a root with the word opus meaning “work.”