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Definitions of onerous:

  1.   Burdensome; oppressive.
  2.   Onerously.
  3.   Burdensome; weighty; as, an onerous duty.
  4.   Heavy; burdensome; oppressive; in Scotch law, being of mutual advantage.
  5.   Onerousness.
  6.   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"

Antonyms for onerous:

cozy, friendly, facile, calm, relaxing, ready, cheap, unchallenging, endurable, temperate, trivial, tolerable, simple, luxurious, undemanding, moderate, trifling, bearable, snap, pleasant, smooth, gentle, snug, reposeful, peaceful, light, downhill, genial, painless, slight, mild, clement, restful, hospitable, hands down, fluid, soft, easy, effortless, fluent, balmy, agreeable, comfortable.

Quotes for onerous:

  1. Without true medical liability reform, our doctors will continue to leave, and young doctors coming out of medical school $100, 000 to $200, 000 in debt will not be able to afford such onerous costs. – Jim Gerlach
  2. We just simply want to get back to basics, get- restore essentially the constitutional foundation of the country, and that means the federal government becoming less onerous less involved in every- basically every item of our lives. And what that means is there does have to be some transition. – Joe Miller
  3. Placing on writers the responsibility to represent a culture is an onerous burden. – Amy Tan
  4. The responsibilities which are imposed by rank and privilege and good fortune can... become very onerous indeed. – Robert Welch
  5. Woman, no less than man, can qualify herself for the more onerous occupations of life. – Victoria Woodhull

Usage examples for onerous:

  1. But in the case of the farmer and the laborer, their interests are always the same, and it is absolutely impossible that their free contracts can be onerous to either party. ” – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  2. But Coralie hoped that her duty would not be very onerous – The King's Mirror by Anthony Hope
  3. In order to mature himself and be seasoned for onerous Responsibilities, he waited until he was 22 years of age before attempting to gain a frontage at the Trough. ” – Ade's Fables by George Ade
  4. Then you enter at once upon your great inheritance- an onerous and responsible position. ” – The Lost Lady of Lone by E.D.E.N. Southworth
  5. It was, as it proved, not a very onerous one, for the children were well mannered for their years, and, young as they were, in the German method they were kept pretty steadily at tasks, while an old servant of the general, a German Yager, was only too delighted at any time to assume care of them. ” – Janice Meredith by Paul Leicester Ford
  6. He was very young and had only lately been appointed to the onerous position of Queen's Chamberlain. ” – Petticoat Rule by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  7. His duties were not onerous and out of love for the kind- hearted captain he fulfilled them promptly and neatly. ” – Terry's Trials and Triumphs by J. Macdonald Oxley
  8. “ Mr. Fraithorn has undertaken the onerous duties of Chaplain to the Hospitals in charge of the Military Staff. ” – The Dop Doctor by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  9. Custom- house regulations are not onerous in Holland. ” – The Automobilist Abroad by M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield
  10. The wealthy churches show no inclination to compete for the onerous privilege of making the experiment in this definite and practical form. ” – In-Darkest-England-and-the-Way-Out by Booth, William
  11. Then came a moment of consultation as to which of Harvey's men would be best suited for the onerous post opposite the enemy's door, and then a sudden and breathless silence. ” – Foes in Ambush by Charles King
  12. “ I worked with the captain and West at this onerous task, and Dirk Peters also turned up and lent the valuable assistance of his great strength, but he did not utter a word to anyone. ” – An Antarctic Mystery by Jules Verne
  13. The charge was an onerous one, requiring constant and severe labor, as well as the exercise of patience, prudence, and good judgment. ” – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  14. She argued stubbornly that it was none of his business, seeing that the onerous work of washing and dressing and training would fall upon her. ” – Dear Enemy by Jean Webster
  15. The Kogisho was composed mostly of the retainers of the Daimios, for the latter, having no experience of the earnest business of life, " were not eager to devote themselves to the labors of an onerous and voluntary office." ” – The Constitutional Development of Japan 1863-1881 by Toyokichi Iyenaga
  16. They took it in turns, each slipping by chance into that onerous position, supported but uncoveted by the other. ” – A Prisoner in Fairyland by Algernon Blackwood
  17. It has its difficulties, but it is not an onerous one. ” – The Mayor's Wife by Anna Katherine Green
  18. Such a responsibility would be too onerous for me. ” – The Mistress of Bonaventure by Harold Bindloss
  19. Men competent to make them purgatories are not to be had at Government prices; no duties more onerous than those of a fit conscientious warden exist under the state; and how can we look for such a man at a four or five thousand dollar salary? ” – The Subterranean Brotherhood by Julian Hawthorne
  20. The link is now become onerous to us; the time is come when we think we can, in amity and alliance with England, maintain our independence. ” – British Supremacy & Canadian Self-Government 1839-1854 by J. L. Morison