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  • n. Plural form of burthen.


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  • Kick off their burthens, meaning the high classes.

    Don Juan

  • You may remember the nice parts: promises of easy yokes, light burthens and peace on earth.

    Rodney Punt: A Quest for Meaning in Holiday Music (And Finding It in The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles)

  • And anon their Laws that they take out of the press are carried by several men, four or five several burthens in all, and they do relieve one another; and whether it is that every one desires to have the carrying of it, I cannot tell, thus they carried it round about the room while such a service is singing.

    October 15th, 2006

  • “Know, O Princess, that this is Sayf al-Muluk, whose hand saved me by the ordinance of Allah Almighty and he it is who hath borne all manner burthens on thine account: wherefore I would have thee look upon him with favour.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Now when Kamar al-Zaman, heard these words and understood her verses and their import, he said, “O King, I have not the habit of these doings, nor have I strength to bear these heavy burthens for which elder than I have proved unable; then how will it be with my tender age?”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Critobulus retorted: I see, Socrates, you are doing your very best to escape an irksome task: you would rather not, if you can help it, stretch out so much as your little finger to help me to bear my necessary burthens more easily.


  • By Hera, I envy you your wealth, Antisthenes, firstly, because the state does not lay burthens on you and treat you like a slave; and secondly, people do not fall into a rage with you when you refuse to be their creditor.


  • Must we not bear humiliation, along with the other burthens and griefs, for the sake of our country?

    The Virginians

  • He rose with a lion added to the burthens of his conscience, and held out his hand to assist her.

    The Wheels of Chance: a bicycling idyll

  • They wore white flannel mantillas, topped by a sombrero, and carried enormous weights on their heads, and sang and chattered, not at all distressed by their burthens.

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton


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