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Operose

[AHP-ə-rohs]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, late 17th century

1.

Involving or displaying much industry or effort.

Examples of Operose in a sentence

"Dana wasn’t used to doing operose work outdoors."

"The project turned out to be a more operose affair than the group thought it would be."

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About Operose

This word hails from the Latin “operosus” and originated from “opus,” meaning “work.”

Did you Know?

At the outset, “operose” was mostly used to describe people. It only took a century for the word’s meaning to shift toward describing inanimate things, like difficult tasks.

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