adjective Etymology: Latin operosus, from oper-, opus work — more at operate Date: 1662 tedious, wearisomeoperosely adverboperoseness noun

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • operose — I adjective arduous, backbreakmg, bothersome, burdensome, crushing, demanding, difficult, effortful, emasculating, embittering, enervating, exacting, exhausting, fagging, fatiguing, formidable, grinding, grueling, hard, hard to cope with,… …   Law dictionary

  • operose — involving much labor, 1670s, from L. operosus taking great pains, laborious, from opus (gen. operis) work (see OPUS (Cf. opus)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • operose — [äp′ə rōs΄] adj. [L operosus < opus (gen. operis), work: see OPUS] Archaic 1. done with or requiring much toil 2. very busy; industrious …   English World dictionary

  • operose — adjective Wrought with labor; requiring labor; hence, tedious; wearisome. Power and riches appear then to be, what they are, enormous and operose machines contrived to produce a few trifling convenencies to the body …   Wiktionary

  • 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 — Synonyms and related words: Herculean, abstruse, arduous, assiduous, backbreaking, brutal, burdensome, complex, critical, crushing, delicate, demanding, difficile, difficult, diligent, effortful, elaborate, exacting, forced, formidable, grueling …   Moby Thesaurus

  • operose — É‘pÉ™rəʊs / É’ adj. laborious; achieved by hard work …   English contemporary dictionary

  • operose — a. 1. Laborious, toilsome, hard, onerous, burdensome, difficult. 2. Wearisome, tedious, irksome …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • operose — adj 1. industrious, hard working, diligent, assiduous, sedulous, studious, intent; plodding, unflagging, indefatigable, tireless, undrooping, unsleeping; persistent, pertinacious, constant, earnest, patient, painstaking, exacting; workmanlike,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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