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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 ?
Writing for children rather than about them is very difficult as everybody who has tried it knows.
Nor is it difficult to say what is becoming or unbecoming of their age, or to answer the objections which some make to this employment as mean and low.
It is difficult for my heart to express itself; still more difficult for it to forego self- expression.
The various kinds of knowledge and of virtue are habits, for knowledge, even when acquired only in a moderate degree, is, it is agreed, abiding in its character and difficult to displace, unless some great mental upheaval takes place, through disease or any such cause.
It was an inner irritation, grounded in her mind on the conviction that his love had grown less; in his, on regret that he had put himself for her sake in a difficult position, which she, instead of lightening, made still more difficult.
The cities of Germany are absolutely free, they own but little country around them, and they yield obedience to the emperor when it suits them, nor do they fear this or any other power they may have near them, because they are fortified in such a way that every one thinks the taking of them by assault would be tedious and difficult, seeing they have proper ditches and walls, they have sufficient artillery, and they always keep in public depots enough for one year's eating, drinking, and firing.
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.
And, finally, although such be the ground of our opinions, I remarked that a plurality of suffrages is no guarantee of truth where it is at all of difficult discovery, as in such cases it is much more likely that it will be found by one than by many.
Passepartout grew more and more impatient as they went on, while Fix longed to get out of this difficult region, and was more anxious than Phileas Fogg himself to be beyond the danger of delays and accidents, and set foot on English soil.
Mountain forests, rugged steeps, marshes and fens--all country that is hard to traverse: this is difficult ground.
We shall have mountains to pass, and that will be difficult to do, since I cannot augment the ascensional force of the balloon, even with the greatest possible heat that I can produce.
The dispositions were very complicated and difficult.