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 (dĭf′ĭ-kŭlt′, -kəlt)
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.
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He said, "This was the whole truth of the matter, and he would take his oath of it;" and concluded with very passionately begging Mr Allworthy "to have compassion on the poor fellow's family, especially as he himself only had been guilty, and the other had been very difficultly prevailed on to do what he did.
He did not expect her to write often, for he knew that letter-writing came difficultly to her; and he was quite content with the clumsy little note that arrived in reply to four of his.
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