- not easily or readily done; requiring much labor, skill, or planning to be performed successfully; hard: a difficult job.
- hard to understand or solve: a difficult problem.
- hard to deal with or get on with: a difficult pupil.
- hard to please or satisfy: a difficult employer.
- hard to persuade or induce; stubborn: a difficult old man.
- disadvantageous; trying; hampering: The operation was performed under the most difficult conditions.
- fraught with hardship, especially financial hardship: We saw some difficult times during the depression years.
Origin of difficult
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Contemporary Examples of difficultly
Computer-guided meditation is nice for those of us who have difficultly even understanding what focus feels like.High-Tech Meditation: Swap Your Yogi for a Headset
April 14, 2014
Historical Examples of difficultly
Relinquish, now, the hopes so long pursued,—so difficultly caught?The Wanderer (Volume 4 of 5)
“He told me there was no reason why I should not try my luck,” he said difficultly.The Valiants of Virginia
Hallie Erminie Rives
The radial may be so deeply situated in the wrist of a fat subject that it is difficultly palpable.Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:
Louis Marshall Warfield
Arecaidine forms white crystals easily soluble in water, and difficultly soluble in alcohol.
By adding nitric acid to the solution, the chrysaniline is thrown down in the form of a difficultly soluble nitrate.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
- 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
Word Origin for difficult
c.1400, apparently a back-formation from difficulty. French has difficile, Latin difficilis. Of persons, "hard to please," from 1580s.