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difficile

[dif-i-seel; French dee-fee-seel]
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  1. hard to deal with, satisfy, or please.
  2. hard to do; difficult.

Origin of difficile

1470–80; < French < Latin difficilis difficult; see dif-, facile
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Examples from the Web for difficile

Historical Examples

  • He was now an intelligent man of sixteen, but dyspeptic and difficile.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • But even the difficile Lawrence was preferable to the strain at the office.

    The Job

    Sinclair Lewis

  • "Oh, no, it is too difficile for me to speak Engleesh," replied Joe.

    Bob Hunt in Canada</p>

    George W. Orton

  • La tche tait laborieuse, difficile; je ne me le dissimulai pas; mais les rsultats devaient tre fconds.

  • The French archologists of the present day confess that it is "difficile d'en expliquer l'usage."


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