ETYM Latin anxius, from angere to cause pain, choke; akin to Greek agchein to choke. Related to Anger.
1. Causing or fraught with or showing anxiety; SYN. nervous, uneasy, unquiet.
2. Mentally upset over possible misfortune or danger etc; worried; SYN. apprehensive.
3. (Colloquial) Eagerly desirous; SYN. dying.
ETYM Latin arduus steep, high; akin to Irish ard high, height.
1. Characterized by toilsome effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort; SYN. backbreaking, grueling, gruelling, hard, heavy, laborious, labourious, punishing, toilsome.
2. Difficult to accomplish; demanding considerable mental effort and skill.
3. Taxing to the utmost; testing powers of endurance; SYN. straining, strenuous.
Difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape; SYN. bunglesome, clumsy, ungainly.
Hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment; SYN. embarrassing, sticky, unenviable.
Lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance.
Not at ease socially; unsure and constrained in manner; SYN. ill at ease, uneasy.
Not elegant or graceful in expression; SYN. clumsy, cumbersome, inapt, inept, ill-chosen.
ETYM Old Fren. grevous, grevos, Late Lat. gravosus. Related to Grief.
Causing or marked by grief or anguish; SYN. heartbreaking, heartrending.
Very severe or painful; causing grief or suffering, heinous. grievous bodily harm, Law, crime of inflicting serious physical injury on another person. (abbr. GBH).
laborious / ləbɔːriəs /
ETYM Latin laboriosus,fr. labor labor: cf. French laborieux.
1. Requiring labor, perseverance, or sacrifices.
2. Toilsome; tiresome.
painful / peɪnfəl /
1. Causing physical or psychological pain
2. Requiring effort or exertion
poignant / pɔɪnjənt /
ETYM French, p. pr. of poindre to sting, from Latin pungere to prick, sting. Related to Pungent.
Keenly distressing to the mind or feelings.