I (difficult) adjective complex, complicated, difficult, extreme, formidable, hard, harsh, involved, labyrinthine, obscure, onerous, opaque, operose, trying II (weakening) adjective debilitating, devitalizing, enervating, enfeebling, exhausting, fatiguing, onerous, operose, painful, punishing, sapping, tiresome, tiring, weakening, wearying III index difficult, harsh, onerous, operose, painful

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  • grueling — grueling, gruelling gruellingadj. 1. characterized by toilsome effort; requiring extreme physical or mental effort; as, a grueling campaign. Syn: arduous, backbreaking, back breaking, exhausting, gruelling, hard, heavy, laborious, labourious,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grueling — [adj] difficult, taxing arduous, backbreaking, brutal, chastening, crushing, demanding, excruciating, exhausting, fatiguing, fierce, grinding, hairy*, hard, harsh, heavy*, laborious, punishing, racking, severe, stiff, strenuous, tiring, torturous …   New thesaurus

  • grueling — or gruelling [gro͞o′liŋ, gro͞o′ə liŋ] adj. [prp. of obs. v. gruel, to punish < GRUEL] extremely trying; exhausting n. [Brit. Informal] harsh treatment or punishment …   English World dictionary

  • grueling — gru|el|ing [ gru(ə)lıŋ ] adjective involving a lot of continuous effort: DEMANDING, PUNISHING: a grueling twelve mile hike the President s grueling schedule ╾ gru|el|ing|ly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • grueling — or gruelling adjective Etymology: from present participle of obsolete gruel to exhaust, punish, from gruel, noun Date: 1852 trying or taxing to the point of exhaustion ; punishing < a grueling race > • gruelingly adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • grueling — gruelingly, adv. /grooh euh ling, grooh ling/, adj. 1. exhausting; very tiring; arduously severe: the grueling Boston marathon. n. 2. any trying or exhausting procedure or experience. Also, esp. Brit., gruelling. [1850 55; slang gruel punishment… …   Universalium

  • grueling — adjective a grueling hike through the snow Syn: exhausting, tiring, fatiguing, wearying, taxing, draining, debilitating; demanding, exacting, difficult, hard, arduous, strenuous, laborious, back breaking, harsh, severe, stiff …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • grueling — gru•el•ing [[t]ˈgru ə lɪŋ, ˈgru lɪŋ[/t]] adj. exhausting; very tiring; arduously severe: a grueling marathon[/ex] Also, esp. brit. gru′el•ling. Etymology: 1850–55; gruel punishment (n.), punish (v.) (cf. to get one s gruel to be punished, killed) …   From formal English to slang

  • grueling — adjective characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort worked their arduous way up the mining valley a grueling campaign hard labor heavy work heavy going spent many laborious hours on the project set a punishing …   Useful english dictionary

  • grueling — adjective alternative spelling of gruelling …   Wiktionary

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