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Labórious. adj. [laborieux, French; laboriosus, Latin.]

  1. Diligent in work; assiduous.

    That which makes the clergy glorious, is to be knowing in their professions, unspotted in their lives, active and laborious in their charges, bold and resolute in opposing seducers, and daring to look vice in the face; and lastly, to be gentle, courteous, and compassionate to all. South's Sermons.

    To his laborious youth consum'd in war,
    And lasting age, adorn'd and crown'd with peace.

  2. Requiring labour; tiresome; not easy.

    A spacious cave within its farmost part,
    Was hew'd with and fashion'd by laborious art,
    Through the hill's hollow sides.
    Dryd. Æn. 6.

    Do'st thou love watchings, abstinence, and toil,
    Laborious virtues all? learn them from Cato.
    Add. Cato.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Dryden, John (788) · Prior, Matthew (162) · South, Robert (158)

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