Definitions for: Difficulty


[n] an effort that is inconvenient; "I went to a lot of trouble"; "he won without any trouble"; "had difficulty walking"; "finished the test only with great difficulty"
[n] the quality of being difficult; "they agreed about the difficulty of the climb"
[n] a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result; "serious difficulties were encountered in obtaining a pure reagent"
[n] a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome; "grappling with financial difficulties"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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 facility; as,
the difficulty of a task or enterprise; a work of
difficulty.

Not being able to promote them [the interests of
life] on account of the difficulty of the region.
--James Byrne.

2. Something difficult; a thing hard to do or to understand;
that which occasions labor or perplexity, and requires
skill and perseverance to overcome, solve, or achieve; a
hard enterprise; an obstacle; an impediment; as, the
difficulties of a science; difficulties in theology.

They lie under some difficulties by reason of the
emperor's displeasure. --Addison.

3. A controversy; a falling out; a disagreement; an
objection; a cavil.

Measures for terminating all local difficulties.
--Bancroft.

4. Embarrassment of affairs, especially financial affairs; --
usually in the plural; as, to be in difficulties.

In days of difficulty and pressure. --Tennyson.

Syn: Impediment; obstacle; obstruction; embarrassment;
perplexity; exigency; distress; trouble; trial;
objection; cavil. See Impediment.

Synonyms: difficultness, trouble

Antonyms: ease, easiness, simplicity

See Also: asperity, balk, baulk, bitch, burdensomeness, check, cognitive factor, condition, deterrent, effort, effortfulness, elbow grease, exertion, facer, fix, formidability, grimness, handicap, hard time, hardness, hardship, hindrance, hole, impediment, inconvenience, jam, job, kettle of fish, killer, mess, muddle, niceness, onerousness, oppressiveness, pickle, pinch, pisser, pitfall, plight, predicament, problem, problem, quality, quandary, rattrap, rigor, rigorousness, rigour, severity, situation, snorter, status, strain, stress, subtlety, sweat, toughness, travail, trouble, troublesomeness, urinary hesitancy, wall, worriment

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