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Arduous vs Elaborate - What's the difference?

arduous | elaborate |

As adjectives the difference between arduous and elaborate

is that arduous is needing or using up much energy; testing powers of endurance while elaborate is highly complex, detailed, or sophisticated.

As a verb elaborate is

(used with'' on ''when used with an object ) to give further detail or explanation (about).




(en adjective)
  • Needing or using up much energy; testing powers of endurance.
  • The movement towards a peaceful settlement has been a long and arduous political struggle.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012
  • , date=May 5 , author=Phil McNulty , title=Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Chelsea survived and can now turn their attentions to the Champions League final against Bayern Munich in Germany later this month as they face an increasingly arduous task to finish in the Premier League's top four.}}
  • (obsolete) burning; ardent
  • Where flames the arduous Spirit of Isidore. — Cary.
  • (rft-sense) Difficult or exhausting to traverse.
  • * 1974 , Sue Bowder, The American biking atlas & touring guide , page 77:
  • Beyond the river, an arduous slope rises 3286 feet in 13 miles.
  • * 1999 , Scott Ciencin, Mike Fredericks, Dinoverse :
  • Mike looked up from the arduous mountain trail. They'd been climbing for five hours and he was beginning to feel irritable.
  • * 2006 , Jack W. Plunkett, Plunkett's Entertainment & Media Industry Almanac 2006 :
  • Survivor reaches as many as 28 million viewers who watch contestants win a new Pontiac or guzzle Mountain Dew after scaling an arduous cliff.


    * burdensome * demanding * exhausting * fatiguing * laborious * onerous * strenuous * wearisome




    (en adjective)
  • Highly complex, detailed, or sophisticated.
  • :
  • Intricate, fancy, flashy, or showy.
  • :
  • *
  • *:The house was a big elaborate limestone affair, evidently new. Winter sunshine sparkled on lace-hung casement, on glass marquise, and the burnished bronze foliations of grille and door.
  • Verb

  • (used with'' on ''when used with an object ) To give further detail or explanation (about).
  • What do you mean you didn't come home last night? Would you care to elaborate ?
    Could you elaborate on the plot for your novel for me?