difficulty

[ dif-i-kuhl-tee, -kuhl-tee ]
/ ˈdɪf ɪˌkʌl ti, -kəl ti /

noun, plural dif·fi·cul·ties.


Nearby words

  1. differentiation,
  2. differentiator,
  3. differently,
  4. difficile,
  5. difficult,
  6. diffidence,
  7. diffident,
  8. diffidently,
  9. diffluence,
  10. diffluent

Origin of difficulty

1350–1400; Middle English difficulte (< Anglo-French) < Latin difficultās, equivalent to difficil(is) difficile + -tās -ty2

Related formspre·dif·fi·cul·ty, noun, plural pre·dif·fi·cul·ties.

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British Dictionary definitions for difficulties

difficulty

/ (ˈdɪfɪkəltɪ) /

noun plural -ties

Word Origin for difficulty

C14: from Latin difficultās, from difficilis difficult, from dis- not + facilis easy, facile

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Word Origin and History for difficulties

difficulty

n.

late 14c., from Old French difficulté, from Latin difficultatem (nominative difficultas) "difficulty, distress, poverty," from difficilis "hard," from dis- "not, away from" (see dis-) + facilis "easy" (see facile).

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