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4 definitions found
 for Difficult
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Difficult \Dif"fi*cult\, a. [From Difficulty.]
     1. Hard to do or to make; beset with difficulty; attended
        with labor, trouble, or pains; not easy; arduous.
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     Note: Difficult implies the notion that considerable mental
           effort or skill is required, or that obstacles are to
           be overcome which call for sagacity and skill in the
           agent; as, a difficult task; hard work is not always
           difficult work; a difficult operation in surgery; a
           difficult passage in an author.
           [1913 Webster]
  
                 There is not the strength or courage left me to
                 venture into the wide, strange, and difficult
                 world, alone.                      --Hawthorne.
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     2. Hard to manage or to please; not easily wrought upon;
        austere; stubborn; as, a difficult person.
  
     Syn: Arduous; painful; crabbed; perplexed; laborious;
          unaccommodating; troublesome. See Arduous.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Difficult \Dif"fi*cult\, v. t.
     To render difficult; to impede; to perplex. [R.] --Sir W.
     Temple.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  difficult
      adj 1: 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?" [syn: difficult, hard] [ant: easy]
      2: hard to control; "a difficult child", "an unmanageable
         situation" [syn: unmanageable, difficult] [ant:
         manageable]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  134 Moby Thesaurus words for "difficult":
     Herculean, abstruse, adverse, antagonistic, arduous, awkward,
     baffling, beyond one, bloody-minded, brutal, burdensome,
     cantankerous, complex, complicated, conflicting, contrary, counter,
     counteractive, crabbed, cramp, critical, cross-grained, dark,
     delicate, demanding, detrimental, difficile, effortful,
     enigmatical, exacting, fastidious, finical, finicking, finicky,
     finikin, formidable, froward, fuss-budgety, fussy, garbled, grim,
     hairy, hard, hard to please, hard to understand, hard-earned,
     hard-fought, harmful, hostile, ill-behaved, in opposition,
     inimical, intractable, intricate, irascible, jawbreaking, jumbled,
     knotted, knotty, labored, laborious, mean, miserable, naughty,
     nit-picking, no picnic, not easy, obfuscated, obscure, obscured,
     obstinate, obstructive, onerous, operose, opposed, opposing,
     opposite, ornery, overtechnical, particular, pawky, pernickety,
     perplexed, perplexing, persnickety, perverse, problem, problematic,
     problematical, profound, puzzling, queasy, recalcitrant, recondite,
     refractory, rigorous, rough, rugged, scabrous, scrambled,
     sensitive, set with thorns, severe, sinister, spiny, squeamish,
     steep, strenuous, stressful, stubborn, stuffy, sulky, sullen,
     thorny, ticklish, toilsome, tough, tricky, troubled, troublesome,
     troubling, troublous, trying, unaccommodating, uncompromising,
     unfavorable, unmanageable, untoward, unyielding, uphill, wayward,
     wicked, wretched, wrongheaded
  
  

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