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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ However, restrictions are less onerous than in most other parts of the Middle East.
▪ However, they are more onerous than the simple formalities involved in undertaking partnership.
▪ But Tule Lake has a more onerous history.
▪ In the case of buildings let in separate parts for use as factories, more onerous duties are imposed on the landlord.
▪ Care must be taken to ensure the Firm does not take a more onerous duties than are required of it.
▪ In contrast, where the firm is acting as an adviser its disclosure obligation will be more onerous.
▪ Father Conlin combined all these many onerous tasks with great efficiency but above all with constant good humour and kindness.
▪ He will have the onerous task of reviving low morale.
▪ The preparation of a Management Plan need not be a onerous task.
▪ They need to know that the onerous tasks they are performing are done correctly and are appreciated by line managers.
▪ You have a self-disciplined and energetic approach to life now that should help you get even the most arduous and onerous tasks done.
▪ But this does put an exceedingly onerous burden on women who are required to bear, rear and look after the offspring.
▪ In practice this may not be onerous as very limited factual information is contained in the typical advertisement.
▪ In the western part of the country, onerous taxes have depressed investments and slowed the introduction of modern technology.
▪ Such a responsibility can prove onerous because a child who comes from an introverted home is likely to be introverted her/himself.
▪ The owner of a patent does not have the unfettered right to make an invention available only on onerous terms.
▪ Their onerous errand completed, the men resumed their jobs.
▪ To disqualify one of the prosecutors with three weeks to trial would be an onerous burden.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Onerous \On"er*ous\, a. [L. onerosus, fr. onus, oneris, a load, burden: cf. F. on['e]reux.] Burdensome; oppressive. ``Too onerous a solicitude.''
--I. Taylor.

Onerous cause (Scots Law), a good and legal consideration; -- opposed to gratuitous.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Old French onereus, honereus (14c., Modern French onéreux) and directly from Latin onerosus, from onus (genitive oneris) "burden" (see onus).


a. impose or constitute a physical, mental, or figurative load which can be borne only with effort.


adj. not easily borne; wearing; "the burdensome task of preparing the income tax return"; "my duties weren't onerous; I only had to greet the guests"; "a taxing schedule" [syn: burdensome, taxing]

Usage examples of "onerous".

In return for his service to the Overlord, Loclon would relieve Gawn of his most onerous possession.

If you thought serving as my squire was humbling, you will find your new duties thrice as onerous.

Once the onerous task was completed, Rafik reprogrammed the navigation computer for the destination he still refused to reveal, and all three men slept as much as possible on the way to planetfall.

How could Spandrel be sure further, more onerous, demands would not be made of him if he proved himself useful by accomplishing this straightforward task?

They took it in turns, each slipping by chance into that onerous position, supported but uncoveted by the other.

Kent Burnett, bearing over his arm a coat newly pressed in the Delmonico restaurant, dodged in at the back door of the saloon, threw the coat down upon the tousled bed, and pushed back his hat with a gesture of relief at an onerous duty well performed.

This service in the minds of tribesmen replaced the old customary obligation of military service that they owed the shaykh and was not unduly onerous.

And so a tribe of them, the Elder subrace of Dhracians, was given the onerous task of guarding the Vault, living deep within the earth, separated from the wind that is their mother, day into day into eternity.

A Dearth of Legal Obstacles to Assassination First of all, the legal restrictions on assassination are not as onerous as is commonly believed and are not the central problem with this policy option.

Little did we dream that the name would become as onerous as Judas Iscariot, Jr.

THE MILITARY REQUIREMENTS The military requirements of an invasion of Iraq would be considerable but not onerous.

That all this might not be too onerous on the purses of his rustic patrons, who are apt to consider the costs of schooling a grievous burden and schoolmasters as mere drones, he had various ways of rendering himself both useful and agreeable.

As it is extremely onerous, and is soon going to be impossible, for me to keep up the wide range of correspondence which has become a large part of my occupation, and tends to absorb all the vital force which is left me, I wish to enter into a final explanation with the well-meaning but merciless taskmasters who have now for many years been levying their daily tax upon me.

I am with him all the way, even when the duty is onerous, as when I missed the chance to meet Kate Chase at the Blair party, or more accurately the Blair wake, last night after Bull Run.

That he has allowed himself to be drafted to resume the onerous duties of state is indeed a credit to his patriotism and honor.