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Difficult

Difficult Meaning & Definition
Difficult Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Difficult?

[adj] not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure; "a difficult task"; "nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access"; "difficult times"; "a difficult child"; "found himself in a difficult situation"; "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"
[adj] requiring much effort and trouble; "the mountain climb was long, steep, and difficult"

Synonyms | Synonyms for Difficult: ambitious | arduous | awkward | baffling | catchy | challenging | delicate | embarrassing | fractious | hard | hard-fought | Herculean | knotty | nasty | problematic | problematical | rocky | rough | rugged | serious | sticky | stubborn | tall(a) | thorny | ticklish | tight | tough | tricky | troublesome | trying | unenviable | vexed

Related Terms | Find terms related to Difficult: abstruse | adverse | antagonistic | arduous | awkward | baffling | beyond one | bloody-minded | brutal | burdensome | cantankerous | complex | complicated | conflicting | contrary | counter | counteractive | crabbed | cramp | critical | cross-grained | dark | delicate | demanding | detrimental | difficile | effortful | enigmatical | exacting | fastidious | finical | finicking | finicky | finikin | formidable | froward | fuss-budgety | fussy | garbled | grim | hairy | hard | hard to please | hard to understand | hard-earned | hard-fought | harmful | Herculean | hostile | ill-behaved | in opposition | inimical | intractable | intricate | irascible | jawbreaking | jumbled | knotted | knotty | labored | laborious | mean | miserable | naughty | nit-picking | no picnic | not easy | obfuscated | obscure | obscured | obstinate | obstructive | onerous | operose | opposed | opposing | opposite | ornery | overtechnical | particular | pawky | pernickety | perplexed | perplexing | persnickety | perverse | problem | problematic | problematical | profound | puzzling | queasy | recalcitrant | recondite | refractory | rigorous | rough | rugged | scabrous | scrambled | sensitive | set with thorns | severe | sinister | spiny | squeamish | steep | strenuous | stressful | stubborn | stuffy | sulky | sullen | thorny | ticklish | toilsome | tough | tricky | troubled | troublesome | troubling | troublous | trying | unaccommodating | uncompromising | unfavorable | unmanageable | untoward | unyielding | uphill | wayward | wicked | wretched | wrongheaded

See Also | demanding | effortful

Difficult In Webster's Dictionary

\Dif"fi*cult\, a. [From {Difficulty}.] 1. Hard to do or to make; beset with difficulty; attended with labor, trouble, or pains; not easy; arduous. Note: Difficult implies the notion that considerable mental effort or skill is required, or that obstacles are to be overcome which call for sagacity and skill in the agent; as, a difficult task; hard work is not always difficult work; a difficult operation in surgery; a difficult passage in an author. There is not the strength or courage left me to venture into the wide, strange, and difficult world, alone. --Hawthorne. 2. Hard to manage or to please; not easily wrought upon; austere; stubborn; as, a difficult person. Syn: Arduous; painful; crabbed; perplexed; laborious; unaccommodating; troublesome. See {Arduous}.
\Dif"fi*cult\, v. t. To render difficult; to impede; to perplex. [R.] --Sir W. Temple.

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