Drudgery vs Travail - What's the difference?

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Drudgery is a related term of travail.

As nouns the difference between drudgery and travail

is that drudgery is tedious, menial and exhausting work while travail is (archaic) arduous or painful exertion; excessive labor, suffering, hardship.

As a verb travail is

to toil.




  • tedious, menial and exhausting work
  • * 1748 . David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. ยง 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)




  • (archaic) Arduous or painful exertion; excessive labor, suffering, hardship.
  • * Hooker
  • As everything of price, so this doth require travail .
  • *, II.20:
  • *:Travell and pleasure, most unlike in nature, are notwithstanding followed together by a kind of I wot not what natural conjunction.
  • * 1936 , (Djuna Barnes), Nightwood , Faber & Faber 2007, p. 38:
  • He had thought of making a destiny for himself, through laborious and untiring travail .
  • Specifically, the labor of childbirth.
  • (obsolete, countable) An act of working; labor (US), labour (British).
  • (obsolete) The eclipse of a celestial object.
  • References



    (en verb)
  • To toil.
  • * Latimer
  • slothful persons which will not travail for their livings
  • To go through the labor of childbirth.
  • * 1526 , William Tyndale, trans. Bible , John XIV:
  • A woman when she traveyleth hath sorowe, be cause her houre is come: but as sone as she is delivered off her chylde she remembreth no moare her anguysshe, for ioye that a man is borne in to the worlde.