from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The condition or quality of being difficult: the difficulty of a task.
- n. Something not easily done, accomplished, comprehended, or solved.
- n. A troublesome or embarrassing state of affairs, especially of financial affairs. Often used in the plural.
- n. A laborious effort; a struggle; trouble: had difficulty walking; completed the test with difficulty.
- n. A disagreement or dispute.
- n. Reluctance or an objection; unwillingness.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of being difficult, or hard to do.
- n. An obstacle that hinders achievement of a goal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state of being difficult, or hard to do; hardness; arduousness; -- opposed to
- n. 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
- n. A controversy; a falling out; a disagreement; an objection; a cavil.
- n. Embarrassment of affairs, especially financial affairs; -- usually in the plural.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Want of easiness or facility; hindrance to the doing of something; hardness to be accomplished or overcome; the character or condition of an undertaking which renders its performance laborious or perplexing: opposed to facility: as, a work of labor and difficulty.
- n. That which is hard to accomplish or to surmount: as, to mistake difficulties for impossibilities.
- n. Perplexity; complication or embarrassment of affairs, especially of pecuniary affairs; trouble; dilemma; whatever renders action or progress laborious or painful: as, a gentleman in difficulties.
- n. Objection; cavil; obstruction to belief or consent.
- n. An embroilment; a serious complication of feeling or opinion; a falling out; a variance or quarrel.
- n. Synonyms Laboriousness, troublesomeness, arduousness.
- n. Obstruction, Impediment, etc.(seeobstacle), hindrance.
- n. Distress, exigency, trial, emergency, pinch.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an effort that is inconvenient
- n. a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome
- n. a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result
- n. the quality of being difficult
Middle English difficulte, from Old French dificulte, from Latin difficultās, from difficilis, difficult : dis-, dis- + facilis, easy; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English difficultee, from Old French difficulté, from Latin difficultas, from difficul, older form of difficilis ("hard to do, difficult"), from dis- + facilis ("easy"); see difficile and difficult. (Wiktionary)