the fact or condition of being difficult.
Often difficul·ties. an embarrassing situation, especially of financial affairs.
a trouble or struggle.
a cause of trouble, struggle, or embarrassment.
a disagreement or dispute.
a demur; objection.
something that is hard to do, understand, or surmount; an impediment or obstacle.
- pre·dif·fi·cul·ty, noun, plural pre·dif·fi·cul·ties.
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How to use difficulty in a sentence
Any difficulties we experience now are not as horrible as the constant fear of bombs.Where Chechens Go to Escape Their Surreal Past—and Risky Present | Anna Nemtsova | December 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There are technical difficulties at the funeral home and things go awry.
In July 2013, I questioned Cipriani about the difficulties had while trying to open Bomba.
The announcement drew enough traffic to crash the UN Women website and caused the site technical difficulties for 12 hours.From Hermione to U.N. Heroine: Emma Watson’s ‘Badass’ Transformation | Asawin Suebsaeng | September 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Germans faced numerous technical difficulties in counterfeiting British and American money.
Distances were to him as nothing; and difficulties only stimulated him to give his adversaries a more signal overthrow.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
The watchword of conduct that will clear up all our difficulties is, the plain truth.The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
The Minister pointed out to them the attendant difficulties, and referred them to the Prime Minister.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
Now this is what we call a "pursuit of knowledge under difficulties" of the most obstinate kind.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
Money was again required to carry the reeling firm through unexpected difficulties.
British Dictionary definitions for difficulty
the state or quality of being difficult
a task, problem, etc, that is hard to deal with
(often plural) a troublesome or embarrassing situation, esp a financial one
a dispute or disagreement
(often plural) an objection or obstacle: he always makes difficulties
a trouble or source of trouble; worry
lack of ease; awkwardness: he could run only with difficulty
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