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strenuous adj
1 characterized by or performed with much energy or force; "strenuous exercise"
2 taxing to the utmost; testing powers of endurance; "his final, straining burst of speed"; "a strenuous task"; "your willingness after these six arduous days to remain here"- F.D.Roosevelt [syn: arduous, straining]

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  1. Urgent, ardent, zealous.
  2. Requiring great exertion.
    • 1961: J. A. Philip. Mimesis in the Sophistês of Plato. In: Proceedings and Transactions of the American Philological Association 92. p. 467.
      We can achieve this god‐likeness only by unremitting and strenuous effort of the intellect.


  • Portuguese: urgente
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