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I tend to look for words that aren't commonly used, for example, schadenfreude (pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune).

I'm looking for a word that means challenging yet rewarding.

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    From your description presumably you're looking for an adjective, could you please provide a sentence where said word would fit in. – Mari-Lou A Sep 28 '14 at 3:27
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    @Mari-LouA Agreed. Response to OP's request will vary depending on the context given the specific nature - i.e. two dissimilar meanings in one. I reckon that perhaps idioms are more appropriate. – Crosscounter Sep 28 '14 at 5:01
  • Perhaps you're right. An idiom might be what I'm looking for. – Veda Sep 28 '14 at 8:32
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You might consider worthwhile

being worth the time or effort spent Merriam Webster

For example if a particular hike is challenging but your are rewarded with a spectacular view from the top, you could describe the hike as being very worthwhile or well worth your while.

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High-stakes, though that can also refer to risk/reward rather than effort/reward.

(Few things are rewarding without being challenging, so you might also consider just dropping the "challenging" qualifier.)

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Phrases:

[Collins]
Moral victory comes to mind. Similar expressions would be: lesson learned, moral of the story is... (in spite of an unfavourable outcome or a lack of desired results).


Also, some adjectives and verbs to intrigue/to be used as starting points for your search:

adj.

  • Fruitful
  • Fulfilling
  • Satisfying
  • Worthwhile

v.

  • Overcome
  • Endeavour

Sample sentence: After my endeavours to complete the project, I was swept with an exhilarating sense of accomplishment.

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