[syn: difficulty, difficultness]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Difficulty \Dif"fi*cul*ty\, n.; pl. Difficulties. [L.
difficultas, fr. difficilis difficult; dif- = dis- + facilis
easy: cf. F. difficult['e]. See Facile.]
1. The state of being difficult, or hard to do; hardness;
arduousness; -- opposed to easiness or facility; as,
the difficulty of a task or enterprise; a work of
Not being able to promote them [the interests of
life] on account of the difficulty of the region.
2. Something difficult; a thing hard to do or to understand;
that which occasions labor or perplexity, and requires
skill and perseverance to overcome, solve, or achieve; a
hard enterprise; an obstacle; an impediment; as, the
difficulties of a science; difficulties in theology.
They lie under some difficulties by reason of the
emperor's displeasure. --Addison.
3. A controversy; a falling out; a disagreement; an
objection; a cavil.
Measures for terminating all local difficulties.
4. Embarrassment of affairs, especially financial affairs; --
usually in the plural; as, to be in difficulties.
In days of difficulty and pressure. --Tennyson.
Syn: Impediment; obstacle; obstruction; embarrassment;
perplexity; exigency; distress; trouble; trial;
objection; cavil. See Impediment.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an effort that is inconvenient; "I went to a lot of
trouble"; "he won without any trouble"; "had difficulty
walking"; "finished the test only with great difficulty"
[syn: trouble, difficulty]
2: a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or
tending to produce a negative result; "serious difficulties
were encountered in obtaining a pure reagent"
3: a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability
to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome;
"grappling with financial difficulties"
4: the quality of being difficult; "they agreed about the
difficulty of the climb" [syn: difficulty, difficultness]
[ant: ease, easiness, simpleness, simplicity]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
168 Moby Thesaurus words for "difficulty":
Gordian knot, abstruseness, adverse circumstances, adversity,
affliction, aggravation, agreement to disagree, altercation,
annoyance, arduousness, asperity, bad news, bedevilment, beef,
bickering, blight, block, blockade, bore, bother, botheration,
bothersomeness, bottleneck, bummer, burden, burthen, care, cargo,
catch, challenge, charge, complexity, complication, controversy,
cordon, crabbedness, crampedness, crashing bore, cross,
cross-purposes, cumbrance, curse, curtain, deadweight, deepness,
demurral, demurrer, determent, deterrent, devilment, difference,
difference of opinion, difficulties, dilemma, disadvantage,
disagreement, disparity, dispute, distress, dividedness, division,
dogging, downer, drag, drawback, embarrassment, emergency,
encumbrance, esoterica, exasperation, exigency, falling-out, fight,
fix, formidableness, freight, hamper, handicap, hang-up,
harassment, hard knocks, hard life, hard lot, hardcase, hardness,
hardship, harrying, hassle, hazard, headache, heavy sledding,
hindrance, hitch, hot water, hounding, hurdle, impediment,
impedimenta, imposition, inconvenience, intricacy, irritation, jam,
joker, knottiness, laboriousness, load, lumber, mess,
misunderstanding, molestation, nuisance, objection, obstacle,
obstruction, obstructive, odds, one small difficulty, onus, pack,
painfulness, pass, penalty, persecution, pest, pickle, pinch,
pitfall, plight, polarization, predicament, pressure, problem,
profoundness, profundity, protest, quandary, question,
reconditeness, remonstrance, remonstration, rigor, rub, scrape,
sea of troubles, snag, squabble, strain, strait, straits, stress,
stress of life, stumbling block, stumbling stone, trial,
tribulation, trouble, troubles, vale of tears, variance, vexation,
vexatiousness, vicissitude, vigor, weight, white elephant,