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synonyms for toilsome

  • arduous
  • backbreaking
  • burdensome
  • demanding
  • difficult
  • exhausting
  • hard
  • labored
  • onerous
  • operose
  • rough
  • strenuous
  • taxing
  • tiresome
  • uphill
See also synonyms for: toilsomely
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How to use toilsome in a sentence

But the way was toilsome, the heat intense, and the water scarce—more so than it had been on the outward journey.
HUNTING THE LIONSR.M. BALLANTYNE
The Esperanza got up to her consorts, and then the usual toilsome monotony of the fisherman's life began.
THE CHEQUERSJAMES RUNCIMAN
This made the march long and toilsome, though we never had a chance to fire a shot.
CAMPAIGN PICTURES OF THE WAR IN SOUTH AFRICA (1899-1900)A. G. HALES
With their assistance, Cæsar was enabled to advance, by slow and toilsome steps, into the bosom of the hills.
THE SPYJ. FENIMORE COOPER
As a general rule, no effort is made to march troops through these hills, for it is at once toilsome, useless and dangerous.
THE CRADLE OF MANKINDW.A. WIGRAM
The soil was mainly mountain land and meagrely productive under toilsome and careful tillage.
GREAT MEN AND FAMOUS WOMEN. VOL. 3 OF 8VARIOUS
After a toilsome march, and the greatest suffering, Mrs. Dustin and her companion completed the journey.
STORIES OF HEROIC DEEDS FOR BOYS AND GIRLSJAMES JOHONNOT
She would not save him to live the toilsome, slavish life of the Jews.
FAIR TO LOOK UPONMARY BELLE FREELEY
So Prairie Rose made the toilsome journey up through the dark ground and came out upon the sad gray prairie.
PRAIRIE SMOKE (SECOND EDITION, REVISED)MELVIN RANDOLPH GILMORE
No doubt it is inevitable and harmless at home, but in the bloody, toilsome business of war it is apt to have bad results.
IN THE RANKS OF THE C.I.V.ERSKINE CHILDERS
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WORDS RELATED TO TOILSOME

  • backbreaking
  • burdensome
  • exhausting
  • fatiguing
  • formidable
  • grueling
  • harsh
  • heavy
  • labored
  • laborious
  • murder
  • no picnic
  • onerous
  • painful
  • punishing
  • rigorous
  • rough
  • severe
  • strenuous
  • taxing
  • tiring
  • toilsome
  • tough
  • troublesome
  • trying
  • uphill
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.