difficulty

  • 1 difficulty — difficulty, hardship, rigor, vicissitude are synonyms only when they mean something which demands effort and endurance if it is to be overcome or one s end achieved. Difficulty, the most widely applicable of these terms, applies to any condition …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 2 Difficulty — Dif fi*cul*ty, n.; pl. {Difficulties}. [L. difficultas, fr. difficilis difficult; dif = dis + facilis easy: cf. F. difficult[ e]. See {Facile}.] 1. The state of being difficult, or hard to do; hardness; arduousness; opposed to {easiness} or… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 difficulty — [dif′i kul΄tē, dif′ikəl΄tē] n. pl. difficulties [ME & OFr difficulte < L difficultas < difficilis, difficult < dis , not + facilis, easy: see FACILE] 1. the condition or fact of being difficult 2. something that is difficult, as a hard… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 difficulty — [n1] problem; situation requiring great effort adversity, arduousness, awkwardness, barricade, check, complication, crisis, crux, dead end, deadlock, deep water*, dilemma, distress, emergency, exigency, fix*, frustration, hardship, hazard,… …

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  • 5 difficulty — late 14c., from O.Fr. difficulté, from L. difficultatem (nom. difficultas) difficulty, distress, poverty, from difficilis hard, from dis not, away from (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + facilis easy (see FACILE (Cf. facile)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 difficulty — index adversity, aggravation (annoyance), bar (obstruction), burden, complex (entanglement) …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 difficulty — ► NOUN (pl. difficulties) 1) the state or condition of being difficult. 2) a difficult or dangerous situation or circumstance. ORIGIN Latin difficultas, from facultas ability, opportunity …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 difficulty — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ considerable, enormous, extreme, grave, great, major, real, serious, severe ▪ We had enormous difficulty …

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  • 9 difficulty */*/*/ — UK [ˈdɪfɪk(ə)ltɪ] / US [ˈdɪfɪkəltɪ] noun Word forms difficulty : singular difficulty plural difficulties Metaphor: A difficult idea or situation is like a knot or something that is tied up, tangled, or twisted. When you deal with it successfully …

    English dictionary

  • 10 difficulty — n. 1) to cause, create, make, present difficulties for 2) to come across, encounter, experience, face, meet, run into difficulties 3) to clear up, overcome, resolve, surmount a difficulty 4) (a) grave, great, insurmountable, serious, severe… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11 difficulty — dif|fi|cul|ty W1S1 [ˈdıfıkəlti] n plural difficulties [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: difficultas, from difficilis difficult , from facilis easy ] 1.) [U] if you have difficulty doing something, it is difficult for you to do have/experience… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 difficulty — dif|fi|cul|ty [ dıfıkəlti ] noun *** 1. ) uncount how difficult something is: The courses vary in content and difficulty. 2. ) uncount if you have difficulty with something, you are not able to do it easily: difficulty (in) doing something: Six… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 Difficulty — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Difficulty >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 difficulty difficulty Sgm: N 1 hardness hardness &c. >Adj. Sgm: N 1 impracticability impracticability &c.(impossibility) 471 Sgm: N 1 tough work tough work hard work uphil …

    English dictionary for students

  • 14 difficulty — / dIfIkFlti/ noun 1 (U) the state of being hard to do, understand or deal with: have difficulty doing sth: We have enough difficulty paying the rent as it is! | with difficulty: With difficulty, we hauled it up the stairs. | be in difficulty (=be …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 difficulty — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) That which is hard to overcome Nouns 1. difficulty, hardness, impracticability, hard work, uphill work, hurdle; hard task, Herculean task, large order, hard row to hoe; task of Sisyphus, Sisyphean labor; …

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  • 16 difficulty — [[t]dɪ̱fɪkəlti[/t]] ♦♦ difficulties 1) N COUNT A difficulty is a problem. ...the difficulty of getting accurate information... The country is facing great economic difficulties. 2) N UNCOUNT If you have difficulty doing something, you are not… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 difficulty — noun /ˈdɪfɨkʊlti,ˈdɪfɨkʌlti/ a) The state of being difficult, or hard to do. We faced a difficulty. b) An obstacle that hinders achievement of a goal. <! Could be shortened to problem, just that problem is defined in terms of difficulty.… …

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  • 18 Difficulty — This article is about the word. For the song by Uffie, see Difficult (song). Difficulty may refer to: a problem the difficulty level in a video game Countermajoritarian difficulty Fictional Hill Difficulty, in Pilgrim s Progress …

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  • 19 difficulty*/*/*/ — [ˈdɪfɪk(ə)lti] noun 1) [C] a problem Many students have serious financial difficulties.[/ex] 2) [U] the state of not being able to do something easily Ant: ease Seb was speaking with difficulty.[/ex] She s having difficulty with her schoolwork… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 20 difficulty — noun 1) the difficulty of balancing motherhood with a career Syn: strain, trouble, problems, toil, struggle, laboriousness, arduousness; informal hassle, stress Ant: ease 2) the project has met with one difficulty after another …

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