Synonyms for demanding:
challenging, urgent (adjective)
thorny, arduous, cantankerous, wearisome, knotty, complicated, finicky, cumbersome, tight, hard, uphill, bothersome, rugged, troublesome, laborious, complex, formidable, toilsome, severe, tricky, taxing, strenuous, oppressive, tough, rough, trying, grinding, onerous, wearying, difficult, ticklish, stressful, fussy, burdensome, wearing, adverse, harsh, contrary.
priggish, prudish, particular, critical, fussbudgety, mincing, precise, fastidious, accurate, perspicacious, dainty, rigorous, epicurean, discerning, literal, meticulous, choosy, prim, persnickety, methodical, delicate, diligent, Qualmish, squeamish, discriminating, proper, correct, hypercritical, scrupulous, finical, exacting, finicky, punctilious, picky, severe, fussy, conscientious, careful, flawless.
exacting, bleak, astringent, tart, imperial, basic, frosty, acrimonious, meticulous, icy, raw, keen, stern, cool, caustic, critical, piquant, grim, strict, obdurate, gruff, unbending, rigid, prudish, abrupt, stark, oppressive, short, authoritarian, harsh, curt, precise, disciplined, acute, cutting, dry, uncompromising, intense, hidebound, lean, inflexible, obstinate, puritanical, crisp, dour, correct, brisk, chilly, stiff-necked, spartan, blunt, spare, fundamental, draconian, strait-laced, brusque, severe, stringent, sharp, censorious, relentless, rigorous, ascetic, intolerant, acerbic, austere.
Sense 2 (noun)
Usage examples for demanding:
- He told the simple truth, as who could help, with Portia's eyes demanding it. - "The Grafters", Francis Lynde.
- She lay looking into the deep gloom of the chamber, and scarcely heard the fierce dreams of her mother, who was demanding from a sleep world the things she lacked in the wide- awake one. - "Mary, Mary", James Stephens Commentator: Padraic Colum.
- All his property was seized and sold for debt; his family was reduced to the point of starvation, and friends, relatives and even his wife joined in demanding that he abandon this useless quest. - "American Men of Mind", Burton E. Stevenson.