Synonyms for burden:
bedevil, pitfall, conundrum, disease, hassle, necessity, package, stinker, ogre, count against, Pandora's Box, jigsaw, brew up, bugger about, imperil, hot potato, pig, stymie, embarrass, struggle, capacity, overlay, vicious circle, convulse, growing pains, disruption, toughie, monster, terror, bring up against, beset, duty, piece of work, exigency, puzzler, scourge, outweigh, task, poisoned chalice, conspire, shortcoming, body blow, endanger, cumber, web, obstacle course, vicissitudes, impedimenta, mare, lighten, pressure, nuisance, kink.
knock back, liability, malady, disturbance, aggravation, job, pitchfork, inconvenience, chorus, weigh, baggage, tax, miasma, responsibility, problem, strain, performance, stress, dead weight, catch out, tenor, downfall, odds, running sore, spite, must, blow up, threaten, pitch into, impost.
pour it on.
Other synonyms and related words:
incubus, charge, onus, dead weight, weigh down, lade, weight down, cumber, task, cross, refrain, tenor, cargo, strain, incumbrance, saddle, responsibility, pressure, weight, burthen, overload, chorus, tax, oppress, duty, capacity.
Sense 1 (noun)
Sense 2 (noun)
Sense 3 (noun)
Sense 4 (noun)
Sense 5 (noun)
dead weight, impedimenta, headache, tax.
Sense 6 (noun)
Sense 7 (noun)
misfortune, hard times, torment, adversity, curse, peril, hardship, agony, bane, dolor, destitution, mishap, trouble, distress, catastrophe, grief, blight, rainy day, poverty, hard luck, misery, affliction, misadventure, bad luck, woe, casualty, contretemps, difficulty, calamity, tribulation, poorness, ordeal, infliction, tragedy, disaster, trial.
load, contents, freight, cargo, lading, stowage, shipment, payload.
entanglement, deterrent, restraint, impedance, resistance, hindrance, impasse, bafflement, blockage, frustration, complication, disadvantage, hurdle, restriction, inhibition, obstruction, stoppage, impediment, opposition, barrier, interruption, obstacle, entrapment, congestion, constraint, constipation, blockade, damper.
mental weight; stress (noun)
hindrance, responsibility, sorrow, difficulty, misfortune, encumbrance, mishap, charge, trouble, punishment, affliction, tax, clog, care, millstone, load, blame, duty, onus, hardship, trial, task, obstruction, strain.
encumber, strain (verb)
Usage examples for burden:
- So far I have kept this secret, mother, and it has been to me a painful burden. - "The Good Time Coming", T. S. Arthur.
- Now I have thought that you, being without a wife to object, might take this burden off my hands. - "The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton", Wardon Allan Curtis.
- At sight of the others and their burden, however, he had no eyes for anything else. - "A Maid of the Silver Sea", John Oxenham.