Operose Op"er*ose` a. [L. operosus, fr. opera pains, labor, opus, operis, work, labor.] Wrought with labor; requiring labor; hence, tedious; wearisome. ``Operose proceeding.'' --Burke. ``A very operose calculation.'' --De Quincey. -- {Op"er*ose`ly}, adv. -- {Op"er*ose`ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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  • operosely — adverb see operose …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • operosely — See operose. * * * …   Universalium

  • operosely — op·er·ose·ly …   English syllables

  • operosely — adverb see operose …   Useful english dictionary

  • operose — operosely, adv. operoseness, n. /op euh rohs /, adj. 1. industrious, as a person. 2. done with or involving much labor. [1660 70; < L operosus busy, active, equiv. to oper (s. of opus) work + osus OSE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • operose — adjective Etymology: Latin operosus, from oper , opus work more at operate Date: 1662 tedious, wearisome • operosely adverb • operoseness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • operoseness — See operosely. * * * …   Universalium

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