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difficult

[ dif-i-kuhlt, -kuhlt ]
/ ˈdɪf ɪˌkʌlt, -kəlt /
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adjective

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Origin of difficult

1350–1400; Middle English, back formation from difficulty

synonym study for difficult

1. See hard.

OTHER WORDS FROM difficult

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British Dictionary definitions for difficult

difficult
/ (ˈdɪfɪkəlt) /

adjective

not easy to do; requiring efforta difficult job
not easy to understand or solve; intricatea difficult problem
hard to deal with; troublesomea difficult child
not easily convinced, pleased, or satisfieda difficult audience
full of hardships or trialsdifficult times ahead

Derived forms of difficult

difficultly, adverb

Word Origin for difficult

C14: back formation from difficulty
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