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Meaning of DIFFICULT

Pronunciation:  'difu`kult

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [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?"
  2. [adj]  requiring much effort and trouble; "the mountain climb was long, steep, and difficult"

DIFFICULT is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: 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
 Antonyms: easy
 See Also: demanding, effortful



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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}.
  2. \Dif"fi*cult\, v. t.
    To render difficult; to impede; to perplex. [R.] --Sir W.
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