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adjective as in difficult, hard to endure

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A harsh lockdown, one of the strictest in the world, created a humanitarian crisis of its own, pushing millions of migrant workers to take arduous journeys back home on foot.

When changes concern the matter of how we mark off our identities, though, any alteration would be extremely arduous and require more than education.

Smith played in his first game since his devastating injury, completing an arduous comeback and withstanding a brutal sack from Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

First, we didn’t try to stand up an entirely new educational program on our own, which almost certainly would be a long, arduous process that may not meet the differing needs of academic institutions around the world.

After seventeen surgeries, a life-threatening infection, a lost season and months of arduous rehab, Smith returned to the field in October.

It's slow and arduous and takes great concentration under the best of circumstances.

Bailey, who is also dating the director, said working on a Leigh production was incredibly arduous.

Even more striking are the courteous and collegial manners displayed, even during the arduous filibuster in the Senate.

Once the budget has been creatively handled, a director still faces the arduous task of casting.

The road to the Olympics is already long and arduous enough.

Indeed, 'we have laid upon him various arduous tasks touching the state of the country, and especially its tranquillity.'

But Samuel Adams, who thought "nothing should be despaired of," took upon himself the performance of this arduous task.

Sir Edward Bruce, after an arduous struggle, had taken a firm grip of Galloway by the end of 1308.

Nature seems still to wish to keep the young and blushing girl apart from that connection which entails grave and arduous duties.

Though Weston was more or less accustomed to the work, he found the first few hours sufficiently arduous.

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Arduous isn’t the type of word one expects to hear in a folk song—it’s a bit too formal—but strenuous work and difficult journeys are the stuff of many a classic tune. Take “The Wayfaring Stranger,” for an example, a somber song about life’s travails performed by everyone from singer and activist Paul Robeson to country star Emmylou Harris : “I know dark clouds will gather o’er me / I know my pathway’s rough and steep.” Such a lyric gets at the dual literal/figurative nature of arduous , which comes from the Latin adjective arduus , meaning “high,” “steep,” or “difficult.” For quite a while after appearing in English in the mid-1500s, arduous hewed closely to the figurative “strenuous” or “difficult” sense until poet Alexander Pope invoked steepness when he wrote of “those arduous paths they trod” in his 1711 work “An Essay on Criticism.” To pen such a work at the age of 23, and in heroic couplets no less, must have been an arduous challenge indeed, but like the wayfaring stranger seeking a brighter land, Pope had his eyes on the prize.

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hard , difficult , arduous mean demanding great exertion or effort.

hard implies the opposite of all that is easy.

difficult implies the presence of obstacles to be surmounted or puzzles to be resolved and suggests the need of skill or courage.

arduous stresses the need of laborious and persevering exertion.

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Latin arduus high, steep, difficult; akin to Old Irish ard high

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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[ ahr -joo- uh s or, especially British, ahr -dyoo- ]

an arduous undertaking.

Synonyms: exhausting , burdensome , wearisome , onerous , toilsome , hard

Antonyms: easy

making an arduous effort.

an arduous path up the hill.

an arduous winter.

/ ˈɑːdjʊəs /

  • requiring great physical or mental effort; difficult to accomplish; strenuous

arduous conditions

an arduous track

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Derived forms.

  • ˈarduously , adverb
  • ˈarduousness , noun

Other Words From

  • ardu·ous·ly adverb
  • ardu·ous·ness noun
  • super·ardu·ous adjective
  • super·ardu·ous·ly adverb
  • super·ardu·ous·ness noun
  • un·ardu·ous adjective
  • un·ardu·ous·ly adverb
  • un·ardu·ous·ness noun

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Origin of arduous 1

Example Sentences

A harsh lockdown, one of the strictest in the world, created a humanitarian crisis of its own, pushing millions of migrant workers to take arduous journeys back home on foot.

When changes concern the matter of how we mark off our identities, though, any alteration would be extremely arduous and require more than education.

Smith played in his first game since his devastating injury, completing an arduous comeback and withstanding a brutal sack from Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

First, we didn’t try to stand up an entirely new educational program on our own, which almost certainly would be a long, arduous process that may not meet the differing needs of academic institutions around the world.

After seventeen surgeries, a life-threatening infection, a lost season and months of arduous rehab, Smith returned to the field in October.

It's slow and arduous and takes great concentration under the best of circumstances.

Bailey, who is also dating the director, said working on a Leigh production was incredibly arduous.

Even more striking are the courteous and collegial manners displayed, even during the arduous filibuster in the Senate.

Once the budget has been creatively handled, a director still faces the arduous task of casting.

The road to the Olympics is already long and arduous enough.

Indeed, 'we have laid upon him various arduous tasks touching the state of the country, and especially its tranquillity.'

But Samuel Adams, who thought "nothing should be despaired of," took upon himself the performance of this arduous task.

Sir Edward Bruce, after an arduous struggle, had taken a firm grip of Galloway by the end of 1308.

Nature seems still to wish to keep the young and blushing girl apart from that connection which entails grave and arduous duties.

Though Weston was more or less accustomed to the work, he found the first few hours sufficiently arduous.

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  • troublesome

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Definition of arduous adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  • an arduous journey across the Andes
  • The work was arduous.
  • It was physically arduous work.
  • The road back to political stability is long and arduous.
  • an arduous task/​process

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Andrew Gray is Reuters' European Affairs Editor. Based in Brussels, he covers NATO and the European Union and leads a pan-European team of reporters focused on diplomacy, defence and security. A journalist for almost 30 years, he has previously been based in the UK, Germany, Geneva, the Balkans, West Africa and Washington, where he reported on the Pentagon. He covered the Iraq war in 2003 and contributed a chapter to a Reuters book on the conflict. He has also worked at Politico Europe as a senior editor and podcast host, served as the main editor for a fellowship programme for journalists from the Balkans, and contributed to the BBC's From Our Own Correspondent radio show.

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Empowering Change: Fertitta Family College of Medicine's Journey to Honduras

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For the second year in a row, Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine students have made the arduous journey to provide medical care to a remote village in rural Honduras. True to the mission of the College of Medicine, the journey offered the opportunity to provide integrated, evidence-based, high-value care delivered by our interprofessional teams. Many of the students have participated in medical trips to Central America before their time at the College of Medicine, but for most this is the first occasion they were able to put the skills learned during their medical training to the test, in a setting where medical care is scarce.

Blanca Morales, MS1 , was especially excited to exercise her background in case management and community health work. “It marked my inaugural venture into the integration of clinical care with social and community development. I've long been committed to addressing the intricate interplay between social and medical needs. Honduras presented a unique opportunity to deepen my understanding in this domain.”

Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the United States, and with the College’s focus on primary care in underserved communities such as the Third Ward or East End, the need for strong communication skills is integral. Medical Spanish is quickly becoming more and more important at the College, with many students expanding on their own native Spanish language skills to provide enhanced care to those in our underserved communities that experience language barriers. Edgard Castillo, MS1 , saw the trip to Honduras as “a valuable opportunity to give back to a community in need”.

Leading up to their departure, Castillo was anticipating the personal growth, medical decision making and use of his Medical Spanish that he expected to improve upon in real world situations. “I was also looking forward to the patient interactions and new situations I would see that I wouldn’t normally experience in a clinic here in the states. This gave me a lot of room to practice my Spanish, and I got a chance to see many clinical examinations that aren’t very common to see in the US.”

The medical trip had busy days, beginning at 6 a.m. and often going well into the evening. The clinic in Santa Ana opened at 8 a.m. and the students helped provide care for up to 100 patients a day. Unique to this excursion, they were joined by a fellow University of Houston alum, Dr. Rebecca Swicegood. With the aid of optometrist Swicegood, patients with a range of varying eyecare maladies, from glasses, eye infections and glaucoma, metallic and other foreign bodies embedded in corneas, were able to receive life-changing care. The medical students were able to gain optometric training with Swicegood that adds to their overall medical training as physicians through this integrated care experience that they wouldn’t have been able to attain elsewhere.

In addition to working with an optometrist, they were able to gain valuable experience and work with clinic leadership such as Dr. Gregorio Yanez. Yanez grew up in the Santa Ana community, but through determination and perseverance, became the town’s first medical school graduate. After working with Yanez, Jasmin Ali, MS1 , had high praise for the invaluable physician. “This man is a gem, his story alone is inspiring. He is a pillar in the Santa Ana community and gives back well beyond what many of us will ever be able to do. Through him, I truly believe the community is advancing.”

Castillo, after spending just one day working with Yanez, “was reminded and given a new perspective of how fortunate I am to be doing what I’m doing with all the resources and opportunities at my disposal.”

After their clinic hours, the group heavily interacted with the community and was immersed in the rich Honduran culture. From playing games with the local children to attending meetings led by community leaders, the medical students were able to have once in a lifetime experiences.

One unforgettable moment of the trip for many students took place during a turbulent storm. The town had gathered for a women’s soccer scrimmage, and being short on players, recruited some of the medical students to participate. In a heartfelt and selfless offering, one of the players gave her soccer cleats to Morales to help her from slipping and falling on the mud-soaked field. According to Morales, “the gesture spoke volumes about the unity and generosity within the team, and further the entire Santa Ana Community.”

The students are forever changed by their time in Honduras. Morales summed up the advice of her fellow travelers to future students on the trip as “go in with an open mind. Take advantage of the time you are spending there to learn, but also to get to know the community and your classmates better. It’s a huge opportunity to use what you’ve learned in medical school and to see just how much you truly know.”

Morales’ passion is shared by many others at the College. According to her, this trip “definitely reinforced my aspirations in medicine. I have always wanted to help underserved communities, but I will now be expanding that to beyond my own city and state. I look forward to participating in more medical trips in the future!”

All in all, the journey was another resounding success. Hundreds of people were able to receive much needed medical care. Fertitta Family College of Medicine students were able to utilize and grow their medical expertise, in a real world setting that not many others can claim to also experience. The College was able to live up to its mission and values during this trip and helped improve the overall health and health care of a remote village in a far-off land. Further inroads were made between the College and the community of Santa Ana, with life-long memories and new opportunities created along the way.

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Doddi aboard the Chirase amid the Antarctic icepack.

Abhi Doddi (PhDAeroEngr’21) is collecting scientific data outdoors in a 70 mph whiteout blizzard. It is just another day of life in Antarctica.

Doddi, a postdoctoral researcher in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, is leading a major study involving high-altitude balloons to improve weather forecasting on the Antarctic continent.

He endured years of planning and an ocean voyage aboard an icebreaker ship to reach this remote and dangerous corner of the Earth, and despite the weather, he is excited to be here.

“This sort of data has never been collected before,” Doddi said. “We want to gather small-scale turbulence data over the polar vortex using complimentary observations from radar and balloon-based  instruments. This data is very important to improve the representation of turbulence due to the atmospheric gravity waves and the polar jet stream in the current numerical weather prediction models.”

Ship Journey

Most U.S.-based researchers who study the Antarctic weather do so from McMurdo Station, a United States-run base that is surprisingly accessible, with daily flights aboard military cargo planes during the Antarctic summer.

Doddi’s research required a much more arduous journey. He needed access to a specialized mesosphere–stratosphere–troposphere (MST) radar, and there is just one on the continent – at Syowa Station, a Japanese base only accessible by ship. Japan’s naval icebreaker Shirase makes one trip there each year. Doddi boarded in Australia. From there, it took 20 days to reach Syowa and 38 to return.

“I don’t get seasick, but it gets uncomfortable when swells are 7-8 meters tall, and you’re being tossed in all directions, even while you sleep,” Doddi said.

Breaking the Ice

The ship could travel at 30 knots on the open ocean, but when they reached the Antarctic ice pack, travel slowed considerably as the vessel needed to repeatedly back up and accelerate forward to break through the ice.

The Shirase carried roughly 180 crew plus 100 scientists and engineers. Doddi and his research partner, Tyler Mixa (MAeroEngr’14, PhD’19), were the first non-Japanese researchers to visit Syowa station.

“The language barrier was the hardest thing. Of the entire crew, there were only about 10 people who spoke conversational English,” Doddi said.

With no option for quick departure in the event of a medical emergency, every person on the trip needed to be in perfect health.

“They want you to be bulletproof. If you get a cavity before the trip, until your dentist provides proof that it’s been filled, and your doctor has signed off on your health, and the Japanese medical team has reviewed the records, you’re not getting on the ship,” he said.

Research Variety

Doddi’s work focused on Antarctic atmospheric conditions, but there were a litany of other teams conducting studies across scientific disciplines. There were multiple oceanographers and aquatic life experts, as well as people doing bird studies, ice core samples, and geological surveys.

“One of the teams discovered 3-4 new species of microorganisms on the trip, which was fascinating. No one had ever laid eyes on those organisms before,” he said.

Even after reaching Antarctica, there was more travel – by air. Due to shallow water, the Shirase must anchor 10 miles off shore and ferry the crew and supplies to the base via helicopter.

Blizzard Balloon Launches

Once they landed at Syowa, Doddi’s research got underway in earnest – readying dozens of balloon payloads that would fly to 20 km in altitude while drifting up to 100 km laterally and relay turbulence measurements back in real time.

The work paired broad measurements from the MST radar with precision instruments aboard the balloon-borne instrument systems developed at CU Boulder. As a major goal is improving weather forecasting, Doddi spent plenty of time outdoors in less-than-ideal weather.

“We experienced three different blizzards, each lasting up to three days, with winds in excess of 60-70 mph,” he said. “Those conditions were hands down some of the best experiences of my life. That’s the data we want, even if it meant we were staying up for 48 hours. My sleep cycle was totally messed up,” he said.

It did not help that during the Antarctic summer, the sun never sets.

When it was not snowing, the temperature typically hovered just below freezing – practically balmy for an Antarctic summer – with the warmest days topping out at 5°C (41°F).

Syowa Station, which is spread across 60 buildings, offered few comforts during down time.

“The bunks on the ship were larger and more comfortable than those on the base. It was four people to a room, with no doors on any room, just curtains, and communal baths, like a gym locker room,” Doddi said.

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He also faced a unique obstacle with food. Doddi is a life-long vegetarian, but base meals were via a single Navy cafeteria cooking everyone the same food.

“I’m a vegetarian from birth, and the concept of vegetarianism doesn’t exist in Japanese culture. They don’t even have a word for it. So I brought 240 shelf-stable meals as part of my personal supplies,” he said.

Although Antarctica is frozen year round, there is still plenty of local wildlife. Doddi saw hundreds of emperor penguins and over 1,000 adelie penguins, in addition to seals, petrel seabirds, and albatross. He was able to do some hiking, but safety precautions were necessary.

“If you were going beyond the perimeter of the base or to access a restricted portion, one of the Navy personnel had to go ahead of you to assess the conditions of the ice for cracks and crevasses,” he said.

Analysis Back Home

With the Antarctic field campaign complete and Doddi back in Colorado, phase two of the project begins – complex and lengthy analysis.

“This was a two-month data collection project followed by a three-year modeling program,” Doddi said. “We need massive super computers to do this modeling. The overarching goal is to provide guidance to improve the weather forecasts for people in Antarctica, so this will help researchers for years to come.”

In addition to Doddi, collaborators on the project are Dale Lawrence, a professor of aerospace engineering sciences at CU Boulder and director of the Research & Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles; Mixa from Global Atmospheric Technologies and Sciences (GATS) in Boulder; the National Institute of Polar Research in Tokyo; and Kyoto University.

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On Tuesday, a day after being introduced as the newest Lakers head coach , Redick was accused of using the N-word toward a Duke alumna while in college.

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Los angeles dodgers | long, twisting road led michael petersen to his dodgers debut, the 6-foot-7 right-hander lost three seasons to covid and tommy john surgery but finally made it to the big leagues at age 30 last week.

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So he went and terrorized some unsuspecting guys in an adult rec league in San Jose.

“A buddy of mine knew a guy who had an adult team and he was, ‘Hey, if you want to get innings, my buddy will hook you up.’ I said, ‘Yeah, sure,’” Petersen recalled now. “The first team I faced I just said I’ll get a couple innings in at the back end. I don’t need to start or anything.

“There wasn’t even a foul ball. It was just – three up, three down, three up, three down. One of the ladies on their side came up to me and said, ‘Hey, you should look into getting drafted.’ I was like, ‘I’ll keep my eye on that.’ She said, ‘How hard were you throwing – like, 88?’ ‘Yeah, something like that.’”

Petersen – who made his MLB debut for the Dodgers last week – was actually pumping high-90s fastballs at an assortment of delivery drivers, salesmen and other weekend warriors. At that point, the 6-foot-7 right-hander had already played five seasons as a pro – after being drafted three different times, once out of high school and twice out of college, the final time out of Riverside City College by the Milwaukee Brewers.

“It’s funny. You go up there and you see all the coolers of beer and everyone’s having fun. Then all of a sudden I come jogging out, throwing,” Petersen recalled, laughing at the memory. “I was trying to work on stuff, so first inning I’d be throwing fastballs then the second inning I’d throw all curveballs. I wouldn’t pay attention to where I was in the lineup or anything. I was just pitching to what I wanted to do.

“So one of the guys in the lineup, I threw a curveball and he bails out. Hits the deck – strike one. I throw another curveball. He bails out, hits the deck – strike two. He turns and yells out at me, ‘What are you doing? Just throw a fastball, man.’ I didn’t realize he was the No. 9 hitter. He was the worst guy. So I throw a fastball. He doesn’t even get his foot lifted before it goes by him. He goes, ‘Alright, never mind’ and walks away.”

Petersen said the experience reminded him that baseball could be played just for fun. That it didn’t have to be a business.

Then baseball stopped being fun for him.

Pitching for the Colorado Rockies in spring training in 2021, he threw a pitch and felt something he had only heard about before.

“I felt all the stuff you hear about – I felt a pop (in his elbow), I felt the heat. But it didn’t hurt,” Petersen said. “So I throw another pitch and they came out because I was making a face. I was more pissed because I walked a guy. They were, ‘Are you alright?’ ‘Yeah, I’m fine. Just annoyed.’ ‘Well, we saw you grabbing your arm.’ ‘Yeah, I felt a little pop and some heat.’ ‘We’re going to go get you an MRI.’”

Petersen had torn the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. COVID had taken one season away from him. Tommy John surgery would take two. From 2020 through 2022, Petersen only threw one inning in an official game – for the Rockies’ team in the Arizona Complex League at the end of the 2022 season.

“I was a free agent at the end of each of those years,” he said. “The first time it didn’t click that baseball might not be in my future. They spent so much money they’re going to re-sign me for nothing. The second time around it was, ‘Man, this might be it.’

“Coming back from injury, a lot of teams don’t give you any runway. It’s, ‘We’re glad you’re healthy. Now go home.’”

Petersen kind of did. The son of a Nigerian mother and an American father, Petersen was born in England. He moved to California as an infant and grew up there. But he was eligible to pitch for Great Britain in the 2023 World Baseball Classic.

Great Britain didn’t last long in the tournament but Petersen made an impression. He pitched one inning against Team USA, hit 100 mph with his fastball – and blew three fastballs past Nolan Arenado for a strikeout.

“It felt good. It was such a long road,” Petersen said. “The funny part is I had no clue I was throwing that hard. After the inning one of my buddies came over and said, ‘Pumping 100s or what?’ I said, ‘I hope.’ ‘No, you were. I think you threw one pitch under 100.’ Oh, this is interesting.”

After making it to Triple-A for the first time in 2023, Petersen became a minor-league free agent again after the season – and the Dodgers were interested.

“During the offseason when we started to look at some minor-league free agents that we felt had some good ingredients and some upside, we had done some homework on him and knew it was a big arm, had been in some tough pitching environments,” Dodgers GM Brandon Gomes said. “At that point, we thought there were some levers to pull here with the slider, his delivery consistency. He came in and worked his butt off then has done nothing but dominate at Triple-A.”

Petersen had a 1.61 ERA with 10 hits allowed and 31 strikeouts in 22⅓ innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City when he finally got the call to the major leagues. He made his debut last week, ironically, in Colorado where some of his old minor-league teammates were now playing.

“Warming up to go in, I was calm,” Petersen said. “First pitch, Barnesy is back there warming me up because Smith was still getting ready. I push a fastball. It hits the glove and tips off. It was – instantly I realized what was going on. It was like a splash of cold water. I started looking around, ‘Oh my goodness, this is a big-league stadium. Oh my goodness, this is a game.’”

He wound up going two innings and getting the win in a game the Dodgers won with seven runs in the ninth inning . Saturday night against the Angels, he pitched a 1-2-3 inning in relief . At 30 years old, with his third organization after nine years in the minor leagues – Petersen is finally a major-leaguer.

“Knowing that he’s been through what he’s gone through and has been in the minor leagues as long as he has, there’s some real grittiness there,” Gomes said.

Petersen is grateful for where his long road has led. But he can’t help lament the delayed arrival in the big leagues.

“What sucks is if I hadn’t gotten hurt at the exact time I got hurt, the path kind of made sense,” he said. “I was 25, 26, 27. I was starting to figure it out, starting to work my way then all of a sudden I lost two years plus COVID.

“I’m not whining about it. There are kids that lost a lot more important times in their lives. But, man, did it suck.”

Dodgers (LHP James Paxton, 7-1, 3.65 ERA) at White Sox (LHP Garrett Crochet, 6-6, 3.25 ERA), Tuesday, 7:1:0 p.m., SportsNet LA, 570 AM

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