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Synonyms for difficulty
ˈdɪf ɪˌkʌl ti, -kəl ti

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. trouble, difficulty(noun)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    fuss, trouble, worry, hassle, difficultness, problem, bother

    Antonyms:
    ease, simpleness, simplicity, easiness

  2. difficulty(noun)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    trouble, difficultness

    Antonyms:
    simpleness, easiness, ease, simplicity

  3. difficulty(noun)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    trouble, difficultness

    Antonyms:
    simpleness, ease, simplicity, easiness

  4. difficulty, difficultness(noun)

    the quality of being difficult

    "they agreed about the difficulty of the climb"

    Synonyms:
    trouble, difficultness

    Antonyms:
    simpleness, easiness, ease, simplicity

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. difficulty

    Difficulty makes an undertaking otherwise than easy. That which rests upon one as a burden is an encumbrance. An impediment is primarily something that checks the foot or in any way makes advance slow or difficult; an obstacle is something that stands across the way, an obstruction something that is built or placed across the way. An obstruction is always an obstacle, but an obstacle may not always be properly termed an obstruction; boxes and bales placed on the sidewalk are obstructions to travel; an ice-floe is an obstacle to navigation, and may become an obstruction if it closes an inlet or channel. A hindrance (kindred with hind, behind) is anything that makes one come behind or short of his purpose. An impediment may be either what one finds in his way or what he carries with him; impedimenta was the Latin name for the baggage of a soldier or of an army. The tendency is to view an impediment as something constant or, at least for a time, continuous; as, an impediment in one's speech. A difficulty or a hindrance may be either within one or without; a speaker may find difficulty in expressing himself, or difficulty in holding the attention of restless children. An encumbrance is always what one carries with him; an obstacle or an obstruction is always without. To a marching soldier the steepness of a mountain path is a difficulty, loose stones are impediments, a fence is an obstruction, a cliff or a boulder across the way is an obstacle; a knapsack is an encumbrance.

    Synonyms:
    bar, barrier, clog, encumbrance, hindrance, impediment, obstacle, obstruction

    Antonyms:
    advantage, aid, assistance, benefit, help, relief, succor

Editors Contribution

  1. stress

    a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.

    "he's obviously under a lot of stress"

    Submitted by rinat on August 15, 2019  

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. difficulty(n)

    Synonyms:
    obstacle, impediment, obstruction, arduousness, hardness, controversy, disagreement, objection, cavil, predicament, quandary, dilemma

    Antonyms:
    ease, facility, extrication, release

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    difficulties, difficult, trouble, challenge, hardship, problem, challenges, distress, hard

How to pronounce difficulty?

Alex
Alex
US English
Daniel
Daniel
British
Karen
Karen
Australian
Veena
Veena
Indian

How to say difficulty in sign language?

  1. difficulty

Words popularity by usage frequency

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#596hard
#1042bar
#1928difficult
#2185challenge
#3124trouble
#3419challenges
#5005worry
#5311difficulty
#5975difficulties
#7079barrier
#9936bother
#12207hassle
#12669distress
#16523obstacle
#18633obstruction
#18786hardship
#20976fuss
#30189clog
#38554impediment
#44966hindrance
#56554encumbrance

How to use difficulty in a sentence?

  1. Jeffrey Lacker:

    Over the last year or so, reports of difficulty finding and hiring qualified workers have become notably more widespread and persistent.

  2. Jody Yoken:

    I tell him that some people have difficulty accepting differences.

  3. Rachelle Simpson:

    To win the series last year was an incredible feeling. I had come in just hoping to showcase what I'd been doing in the (stage) shows before, i wasn't coming in expecting to win. Obviously, I was hopeful and I knew I had the highest degree of difficulty -- three forward somersaults in the pike position followed by one and a half twists. I wanted to show that I could execute that well.

  4. Benjamin Haydon:

    The great difficulty is first to win a reputation; the next to keep it while you live; and the next to preserve it after you die, when affection and interest are over, and nothing but sterling excellence can preserve your name. Never suffer youth to be an excuse for inadequacy, nor age and fame to be an excuse for indolence.

  5. Kevin McCarthy:

    I've already told them we're going to vote on Goodlatte, so I don't understand the difficulty here.


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