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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BURDENING

That smile evoked from her the question that had been burdening her mind.

If there is anything I hate it is this idea of burdening a man with escort duty.

I feel as if yonder dead man and his coffin were burdening my soul.

Maybe his father was burdening his good old friends, and it was they who "needed" him.

You must not think that you are burdening a poor man—that is all.

I see no use in burdening young minds with oversorrowful stories.

It was burdening you with an obligation in the eyes of the world.

Your company will cheer me, it is true, And I could never think of burdening you.

Does it not seem to you that I have done enough in burdening myself with her?

They were not welcome, and had, evidently, no intention of burdening the towns.

WORD ORIGIN

"a load," Old English byrðen "a load, weight, charge, duty;" also "a child;" from Proto-Germanic *burthinjo- "that which is borne" (cf. Old Norse byrðr, Old Saxon burthinnia, German bürde, Gothic baurþei), from PIE root *bher- (1) "to bear, to carry; give birth" (see infer).

The shift from -th- to -d- took place beginning 12c. (cf. murder). Archaic burthen is occasionally retained for the specific sense of "capacity of a ship." Burden of proof is recorded from 1590s.

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