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Synonyms for difficult
ˈdɪf ɪˌkʌlt, -kəltdif·fi·cult

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Wiktionary

  1. difficultadjective

    Synonyms:
    cumbersome, hard, burdensome

  2. difficultadjective

    hard, not easy, requiring much effort

    Synonyms:
    cumbersome, burdensome, hard

  3. difficultadjective

    hard to manage, uncooperative, troublesome; eg. said of a person, a horse, etc.

    Synonyms:
    burdensome, hard, cumbersome

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. difficult

    Arduous (Latin arduus, steep) signifies primarily so steep and lofty as to be difficult of ascent, and hence applies to that which involves great and sustained exertion and ordinarily for a lofty aim; great learning can only be won by arduous toil. Hard applies to anything that resists our endeavors as a scarcely penetrable mass resists our physical force. Anything is hard that involves tax and strain whether of the physical or mental powers. Difficult is not used of that which merely taxes physical force; a dead lift is called hard rather than difficult; breaking stone on the road would be called hard rather than difficult work; that is difficult which involves skill, sagacity, or address, with or without a considerable expenditure of physical force; a geometrical problem may be difficult to solve, a tangled skein to unravel; a mountain difficult to ascend. Hard may be active or passive; a thing may be hard to do or hard to bear. Arduous is always active. That which is laborious or toilsome simply requires the steady application of labor or toil till accomplished; toilsome is the stronger word. That which is onerous (Latin onus, a burden) is mentally burdensome or oppressive. Responsibility may be onerous even when it involves no special exertion.

    Synonyms:
    arduous, exhausting, hard, laborious, onerous, severe, toilsome, trying

    Antonyms:
    easy, facile, light, pleasant, slight, trifling, trivial

Princeton's WordNet

  1. difficult, hardadjective

    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"; "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"

    Synonyms:
    severe, voiceless, arduous, grueling, tough, toilsome, concentrated, heavy, laborious, hard, gruelling, intemperate, knockout, punishing, unvoiced, operose, backbreaking, surd, strong, unmanageable

    Antonyms:
    uncomplicated, cushy, casual, hands-down, soft, clean, effortless, unproblematic, smooth, simple, easy, painless, simplified, elementary, user-friendly, easygoing

  2. unmanageable, difficultadjective

    hard to control

    "a difficult child", "an unmanageable situation"

    Synonyms:
    uncorrectable, uncontrollable, hard, unwieldy, unmanageable

    Antonyms:
    easy, hands-down, cushy, clean, simple, uncomplicated, user-friendly, elementary, casual, unproblematic, painless, smooth, easygoing, simplified, soft, effortless

Editors Contribution

  1. ardouos

    Submitted by anonymous on December 16, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. difficultadjective

    Synonyms:
    hard, arduous. herculean, up-hill, beset with difficulty

  2. difficultadjective

    Synonyms:
    austere, rigid, unyielding, unaccommodating

  3. difficultadjective

    Synonyms:
    fastidious, dainty, squeamish, hard to please

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. difficultadjective

    Synonyms:
    arduous, onerous, complicated, intricate, hard, uncompliant, intractable, perverse, fastidious, exacting

    Antonyms:
    facile, light, easy

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How to use difficult in a sentence?

  1. Police Department:

    Casey was a wonderful man and our brother, the following days, weeks, months will be very difficult for us, but with the community support and prayers, we will get through this together.

  2. Steve Warren:

    It's difficult to predict the future so what we need to have are options, we have to preserve and to create options for ourselves should the deteriorating security situation get to a point that ... maritime security is threatened.

  3. Charlie Scharf:

    The balance sheet cap exists because leadership failed to both oversee and build the appropriate infrastructure of the company, our financial underperformance is because leadership didn't make the difficult decisions necessary.

  4. Kevin Hochman:

    Fried Chicken is so delicious, our customers will find Fried Chicken difficult to tell that Fried Chicken's plant-based, i think we've all heard' Fried Chicken tastes like chicken' -- well our customers are going to be amazed and say,' Fried Chicken tastes like Fried Chicken !'.

  5. Republican Gov. Nathan Deal:

    I have heard from both sides, and I ’m sure I ’ll continue to hear from both sides, i will take their opinions into consideration, and I ’ll do what I ’m required to do : Which is to make the difficult decision on a very difficult subject.

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