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difficulty

dif·fi·cul·ty

difficulty

 
 
pronunciation:
dI f kuhl ti
part of speech: noun
inflections: difficulties
definition 1: the quality or condition of being difficult.
the level of difficulty of the test
synonyms:
arduousness, complexity, knottiness, laboriousness, struggle, thorniness, toughness
antonyms:
effortlessness, painlessness, simplicity
similar words:
rub
definition 2: trouble or lack of ease in being able to do something.
I had difficulty understanding what he was saying.
antonyms:
ease
similar words:
trouble
definition 3: the experiencing of perplexity, trouble, discomfort, or anxiety.
He apologized, but only with great difficulty.After the operation, she walked with difficulty.
antonyms:
ease
similar words:
trouble
definition 4: something troublesome or worrisome; problem.
The difficulty was that we didn't have a map.
synonyms:
bother, hassle, problem, trouble, worry
similar words:
annoyance, dilemma, disturbance, matter, perplexity, predicament, quandary, rub
definition 5: (often pl.) financial or other distressing or embarrassing trouble.
They're having difficulties in their marriage.
synonyms:
hardship, jam, pickle, plight, straits
similar words:
problem, reversal, reverse, trouble, worry
definition 6: reluctance in agreeing with or accepting.
I have difficulty with that argument.
synonyms:
reluctance, unwillingness
similar words:
disinclination, indisposition