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"
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"
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"
the quality of being difficult
"they agreed about the difficulty of the climb"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
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
Dictionary of English Synonymes
obstacle, impediment, bar, obstruction, barrier, hinderance, trouble, perplexity, exigency, trial, dilemma, embarrassment, emergency, pinch, pickle, stand, dead-set, set fast, dead-lock, dead-stand, stand-still, horns of a dilemma, up-hill work, sea of troubles, peck of troubles, hard row to hoe, hard nut to crack
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How to use difficulty in a sentence?
Over the last year or so, reports of difficulty finding and hiring qualified workers have become notably more widespread and persistent.
I tell him that some people have difficulty accepting differences.
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.
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.
I've already told them we're going to vote on Goodlatte, so I don't understand the difficulty here.
Translations for difficulty
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- пречка, трудност, затруднение, мъчнотия, препятствиеBulgarian
- dificultatCatalan, Valencian
- obtížnost, obtíž, potížCzech
- besvær, sværhed, vanskelighedDanish
- hankaluus, vaikeusFinnish
- cruas, cruadal, duilgheadas, staing, èiginn, spàirn, teanntachd, docaireachdScottish Gaelic
- मुसीबत, बाधा, कठिनाईHindi
- difikilteHaitian Creole
- 障害, 難しさ, 困難Japanese
- moeilijkheid, hindernisDutch
- ił nanitłʼahNavajo, Navaho
- dificultate, obstacol, piedicăRomanian
- затруднение, сложность, трудностьRussian
- svårighet, besvärSwedish
- مشکل, کٹھنائیUrdu
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