onerous [än′ər əs, ōn′ər əs]
[ME < MFr onereus < L onerosus < onus, a load: see ONUS]
1. burdensome; laborious
2. Law involving a legal obligation that equals or exceeds the benefits [onerous lease]
SYN.- ONEROUS applies to that which is laborious or troublesome, often because of its annoying or tedious character [the onerous task of taking inventory ]; BURDENSOME applies to that which is wearisome or oppressive to the mind or spirit as well as to the body [burdensome responsibilities ]; OPPRESSIVE stresses the overbearing cruelty of the person or thing that inflicts hardship, or emphasizes the severity of the hardship itself [oppressive weather, an oppressive king ]; EXACTING suggests the making of great demands on the attention, skill, care, etc. [an exacting supervisor, exacting work ]

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