Definitions

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  • n. The quality of being toilsome.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being toilsome; laboriousness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of requiring extended effort

Etymologies

toilsome +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The heat, the clatter, the stuffy odours, the toilsomeness, the fatigue of town life are abandoned; the careless quiet, the calm, the refreshment of the whole air, the tonic of the wide sea are gained.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • Apart from the toilsomeness of the task, there were risks to be feared and provided against.

    Humphrey Bold A Story of the Times of Benbow

  • Sometimes the toilsomeness of the journey was lightened by companionship.

    Early Theories of Translation

  • Nay, all of them had aptitudes, perhaps of a distinguished kind; and must, by their own and other people's labor, have got a training equal or superior in toilsomeness, earnest assiduity, and patient travail, to what breeds men to the most arduous trades.

    The International Monthly Magazine, Volume 5, No. 1, January, 1852

  • But now neither speaking nor preaching is taught out of them, and they are used only for disputation and toilsomeness.

    Articles 19-27. Twenty-Seven Articles Respecting the Reformation of the Christian Estate

  • Now when after much toilsomeness they had won clear of that foul tract of morass and quagmire, they came upon vast herds of swine grubbing beneath the oaks, and with them savage-looking swineherds scantily clad in skins.

    A Child's Book of Saints

  • In truth, no one tried more than Newgag to excel in "horse-play," but his temperament or his training did not equip him for excelling in it; he defended the monotony, emptiness, and toilsomeness of his humour on the ground that it was "legitimate."

    Tales from Bohemia

  • Through the toilsomeness and peril of their journeying no word of complaint or despondency escaped her.

    The Sign of the Spider

  • First, then, let me point out some of the significant hints which the gospel records give us of the toilsomeness of Christ's service.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture St. Mark

  • His life in heaven, fulfils the prediction -- the one by the toilsomeness of His service, the other by the unceasing energy of His exalted power.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture St. Mark

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