Drudgery vs Effort - What's the difference?

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Drudgery is a related term of effort.

As nouns the difference between drudgery and effort

is that drudgery is tedious, menial and exhausting work while effort is the work involved in performing an activity; exertion.

As a verb effort is

(uncommon|intransitive) to make an effort.




  • tedious, menial and exhausting work
  • * 1748 . David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 34.
  • we are, perhaps, all the while flattering our natural indolence, which, hating the bustle of the world, and drudgery of business seeks a pretence of reason to give itself a full and uncontrolled indulgence.


    * tedium * moil * See also

    Derived terms

    * drudgerous (rare)




    (en noun)
  • The work involved in performing an activity; exertion.
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  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=The slightest effort made the patient cough. He would stand leaning on a stick and holding a hand to his side, and when the paroxysm had passed it left him shaking.}}
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  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author=(Henry Petroski)
  • , title= Geothermal Energy , volume=101, issue=4, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=Energy has seldom been found where we need it when we want it. Ancient nomads, wishing to ward off the evening chill and enjoy a meal around a campfire, had to collect wood and then spend time and effort coaxing the heat of friction out from between sticks to kindle a flame.}}
  • An endeavour.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-03, author=William E. Carter, Merri Sue Carter
  • , volume=100, issue=2, page=87, magazine=(American Scientist) , title= The British Longitude Act Reconsidered , passage=But was it responsible governance to pass the Longitude Act without other efforts to protect British seamen? Or might it have been subterfuge—a disingenuous attempt to shift attention away from the realities of their life at sea.}}
  • A force acting on a body in the direction of its motion.
  • (Rankine)

    Usage notes

    * Adjectives often used with "effort": conscious, good, poor, etc.



    Derived terms

    * best efforts * centre of effort * effort distance * effortless * make an effort


    (en verb)
  • (uncommon) To make an effort.
  • (obsolete) To stimulate.
  • * Fuller
  • He efforted his spirits.


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