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dif·fi·cult

 (dĭf′ĭ-kŭlt′, -kəlt)
adj.
1. Requiring considerable effort or skill; not easy to do or accomplish: "To entertain is far more difficult than to enlighten" (Anthony Burgess).
2. Not easy to endure; full of hardship or trouble; trying: fell upon difficult times.
3. Not easy to comprehend, solve, or explain: a difficult puzzle.
4. Not easy to please, satisfy, or manage: a difficult child.
5. Not easy to persuade or convince; stubborn.

[Middle English, back-formation from difficulte, difficulty; see difficulty.]

dif′fi·cult′ly adv.

difficult

(ˈdɪfɪkəlt)
adj
1. not easy to do; requiring effort: a difficult job.
2. not easy to understand or solve; intricate: a difficult problem.
3. hard to deal with; troublesome: a difficult child.
4. not easily convinced, pleased, or satisfied: a difficult audience.
5. full of hardships or trials: difficult times ahead.
[C14: back formation from difficulty]
ˈdifficultly adv

dif•fi•cult

(ˈdɪf ɪˌkʌlt, -kəlt)

adj.
1. requiring special effort, skill, or planning; hard: a difficult job.
2. hard to understand or solve: a difficult problem.
3. hard to deal with or get on with: a difficult pupil.
4. hard to please or satisfy.
5. hard to persuade or induce; stubborn.
6. disadvantageous; trying; hampering: under difficult conditions.
7. fraught with hardship, esp. financial hardship: difficult times.
[1350–1400; Middle English, back formation from difficulty]
dif′fi•cult`ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.difficult - 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?"
demanding - requiring more than usually expected or thought due; especially great patience and effort and skill; "found the job very demanding"; "a baby can be so demanding"
effortful - requiring great physical effort
hard - dispassionate; "took a hard look"; "a hard bargainer";
easy - posing no difficulty; requiring little effort; "an easy job"; "an easy problem"; "an easy victory"; "the house is easy to heat"; "satisfied with easy answers"; "took the easy way out of his dilemma"
2.difficult - hard to control; "a difficult child", "an unmanageable situation"
defiant, noncompliant - boldly resisting authority or an opposing force; "brought up to be aggressive and defiant"; "a defiant attitude"
disobedient - not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority; "disobedient children"
intractable - not tractable; difficult to manage or mold; "an intractable disposition"; "intractable pain"; "the most intractable issue of our era"; "intractable metal"

difficult

adjective
4. tough, trying, hard, dark, grim, straitened, full of hardship These are difficult times.
tough easy, pleasant

difficult

adjective
1. Not easy to do, achieve, or master:
2. Requiring great or extreme bodily, mental, or spiritual strength:
3. Causing difficulty, trouble, or discomfort:
4. Given to acting in opposition to others:
Translations
صَعْبصَعْب، شَكِس
obtížnýtěžko zvládnutelnýnesnadný
sværvanskelig
malfacila
keeruline
vaikeahankala
težak
nehéz
erfiîurerfiîur, vandasamur
困難な
어려운
difficilis
sunkumaisunkumas
grūti audzināms bērnsgrūtssarežģītssmags
trudnytrudnatrudne
težak
svår
ยาก
khó khăn

difficult

[ˈdɪfɪkəlt] ADJ
1. (= hard) [task, book, question] → difícil; [writer] → complicado, complejo
there's nothing difficult about itno es nada difícil
it is difficult to describe the feelinges difícil describir la sensación
these dogs are difficult to controlestos perros son difíciles de controlar
many youngsters find it difficult to get worka muchos jóvenes les resulta difícil encontrar trabajo
it was difficult for him to leave herle resultó difícil dejarla
she is determined to make life difficult for himestá decidida a hacerle la vida imposible
to put sb in a difficult positionponer a algn en una posición comprometida
she is determined to make things difficult for himestá decidida a hacerle la vida imposible
this is a difficult time for usson tiempos difíciles para nosotros EASY, DIFFICULT, IMPOSSIBLE
2. (= awkward) [person, child, character] → difícil
why are you always trying to be difficult?¿por qué siempre estás intentando crear problemas?

difficult

[ˈdɪfɪkəlt] adj
(= hard) → difficile
to be difficult to do
This decision is difficult to understand → Cette décision est difficile à comprendre.
It's difficult to choose → C'est difficile de choisir.
it's difficult to understand why ... → c'est difficile de comprendre pourquoi ...
it's difficult to understand how ... → c'est difficile de comprendre comment ...
to find it difficult to do sth → avoir du mal à faire qch
it's difficult being ... → c'est difficile d'être ...
It is difficult being a parent → C'est difficile d'être parent.
it is difficult for sb to do sth → il est difficile pour qn de faire qch
(= awkward) [person] → difficile
to be difficult about sth → faire des difficultés au sujet de qch

difficult

adj
(= hard) question, task, timeschwer, schwierig; situation, writer, bookschwierig; there’s nothing difficult about itdas ist doch gar nicht schwer; the difficult thing is that …die Schwierigkeit liegt darin, dass …; it was a difficult decision to makees war eine schwere or schwierige Entscheidung; it is not difficult to imaginees ist nicht schwer, sich (dat)das vorzustellen; it was difficult for him to leave heres fiel ihm schwer, sie zu verlassen; it’s difficult for youngsters or youngsters find it difficult to get a jobjunge Leute haben Schwierigkeiten, eine Stelle zu finden; it’s difficult to see what they could have donees lässt sich schwer vorstellen, was sie hätten tun können; it’s difficult to deny thates lässt sich kaum leugnen; he’s difficult to get on withes ist schwer, mit ihm auszukommen; it’s difficult being a man todayes ist schwer, heute ein Mann zu sein; to make it difficult for somebody (to do something)es jdm nicht leicht machen(, etw zu tun); to have a difficult time (doing something)Schwierigkeiten haben(, etw zu tun); she’s having a difficult time now she’s on her ownjetzt, wo sie allein ist, hat sie es schwer; to put somebody in a difficult positionjdn in eine schwierige Lage bringen
(= awkward) person, childschwierig; to be difficult (about something)(wegen etw) Schwierigkeiten machen; he’s just trying to be difficulter will nur Schwierigkeiten machen

difficult

[ˈdɪfɪklt] adjdifficile
difficult to understand → difficile da capire
she is difficult to get on with → ha un carattere difficile
I find it difficult to believe (that ...) → mi pare difficile da credere (che...)
getting started is the difficult thing → il difficile sta nel cominciare

difficult

(ˈdifikəlt) adjective
1. hard to do or understand; not easy. difficult sums; a difficult task; It is difficult to know what to do for the best.
2. hard to deal with or needing to be treated etc in a special way. a difficult child.
ˈdifficultyplural ˈdifficulties noun
1. the state or quality of being hard (to do) or not easy. I have difficulty in understanding him.
2. an obstacle or objection. He has a habit of foreseeing difficulties.
3. (especially in plural) trouble, especially money trouble. The firm was in difficulties.

difficult

صَعْب obtížný svær schwierig δύσκολος difícil vaikea difficile težak difficile 困難な 어려운 moeilijk vanskelig trudny difícil трудный svår ยาก güç khó khăn 困难的

difficult

a. difícil.
References in classic literature ?
Meg was too much absorbed in her private and particular John to care for any other lords of creation, and Beth too shy to do more than peep at them and wonder how Amy dared to order them about so, but Jo felt quite in her own element, and found it very difficult to refrain from imitating the gentlemanly attitudes, phrases, and feats, which seemed more natural to her than the decorums prescribed for young ladies.
He was too young then to have opinions of his own about people, but at times it was difficult for him not to have very definite opinions about the woman who was his mother.
The conditions in the Copan valley are likely to be still more difficult to overcome, and I feel that I risk failure without your young energy and your inventive mind to aid in the work and to suggest possible means of attaining our object.
On the train it was very difficult to get milk for the babies and to keep their bottles clean.
Climate may have had great influence on the former, but it is difficult to see how it can have produced the substantial difference which exists in the latter.
Over these, nature hath formed passes, that are less difficult than might be expected from a view of such huge piles.
I imagine it would be very difficult to carry a piano over those mountains," said Christie laughingly, to avoid the collateral of the banjo.
Familiar as it stands in the writer's recollection,--for it has been an object of curiosity with him from boyhood, both as a specimen of the best and stateliest architecture of a longpast epoch, and as the scene of events more full of human interest, perhaps, than those of a gray feudal castle,--familiar as it stands, in its rusty old age, it is therefore only the more difficult to imagine the bright novelty with which it first caught the sunshine.
It might be difficult -- and it was so -- to conceive how he should exist hereafter, so earthly and sensuous did he seem; but surely his existence here, admitting that it was to terminate with his last breath, had been not unkindly given; with no higher moral responsibilities than the beasts of the field, but with a larger scope of enjoyment than theirs, and with all their blessed immunity from the dreariness and duskiness of age.
I had undertaken, with my companion, to see it out, and I was under a charm, apparently, that could smooth away the extent and the far and difficult connections of such an effort.
But this is not surprising; it is very difficult to get accurate details in any country.
She felt instinctively that this was wrong and mean, and whenever the feeling of remorse was strong within her she made a desperate effort to please her grim and difficult relative.