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Arduous vs Exhausted - What's the difference?

arduous | exhausted |

As adjectives the difference between arduous and exhausted

is that arduous is needing or using up much energy; testing powers of endurance while exhausted is depleted; in a state of exhaustion.

As a verb exhausted is





(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)
  • Depleted; in a state of exhaustion.
  • The exhausted man fell asleep immediately.
    The exhausted mine was worthless once all the ore had been extracted.


    * See also

    Derived terms

    * exhaustedly


  • (exhaust)