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  • n. The state or characteristic of of being onerous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being onerous; oppressive operation; burdensomeness.

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

  • n. unwelcome burdensome difficulty


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  • In the case of labor, the "cost" consists of the level of training and skill required, hours worked, and the onerousness and riskiness of the working conditions and the training mentioned above.

    Free Trade in Tech Labor, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • There are several reasons for hoping that international terrorism isn't about religion -- not least of them the immense onerousness, the near-impossibility, now, of maintaining a discourse (I'll put this simply) that makes distinctions between groups of human beings.

    Terrorism's New Structure

  • Beyond which, where in the history or text of the amendment would the length/onerousness criteria arise?

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Butler v. Perry and the Constitutionality of Forced Labor Under the Thirteenth Amendment:

  • The Government of Greece strongly urges the onerousness of the duty here imposed upon the currants of that country, amounting to 100 per cent or more of their market value.

    State of the Union Address (1790-2001)

  • It was just when he was balancing in his mind the relative advantages of becoming a doctor or a lawyer, and speculating as to which of these professions appealed the more keenly to his fancy, that Fate intervened and relieved him of the onerousness of choosing between them.

    The Wall Between

  • The immense onerousness of the judge's office lies in just the fact that he needs so very much more than his bare legal knowledge.

    Criminal Psychology: a manual for judges, practitioners, and students

  • He already had a presentiment of the onerousness of living together, of a multiplicity of cares, unpleasantnesses and expenses; of the equivocal smiles or even simply the unceremonious questionings of comrades; finally, of the serious hindrance during the time of government examinations.

    Yama: the pit

  • Attention having been called to the demonetization of silver in 1873 and to the consequent fall of prices and the growing onerousness of debts and fixed charges, gold monometallism was indicted as the cause "which had locked fast the prosperity of an industrial people in the paralysis of hard times" and brought the United States into financial servitude to

    History of the United States, Volume 5 (of 6)

  • Public duty is an excuse, which on such occasions is very generally made by men in office, who in nine cases out of ten seek to conceal the onerousness of literary labor under that ample cloak.

    Memoirs of 30 Years with the Indian Tribes on the American Frontiers

  • Since most Republicans will clearly scream about the onerousness of this proposal, it's worth noting that the optimal taxation literature calls for a steeper schedule of marginal tax rates and a considerably higher top rate than 39.6 percent.

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