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Definition 1: not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where difficult or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a difficult task
  • nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access
  • difficult times
  • why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?

Synonyms for difficult in the sense of this definition

(difficult is similar to ...) exasperatingly difficult to handle or circumvent

"a nasty problem" "a good man to have on your side in a tight situation"

(difficult is similar to ...) causing difficulty or annoyance

"a troublesome infection" "a troublesome situation"

(difficult is similar to ...) bristling with perplexities

"the thorny question of states' rights"

(difficult is similar to ...) impressively difficult

"a tall order"

(difficult is similar to ...) requiring effort or concentration; complex and not easy to answer or solve

"raised serious objections to the proposal" "the plan has a serious flaw"

(difficult is similar to ...) very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution

"a rugged competitive examination" "the rugged conditions of frontier life" "the competition was tough" "it's a tough life" "it was a tough job"

(difficult is similar to ...) full of hardship or trials

"the rocky road to success" "they were having a rough time"

(difficult is similar to ...) causing difficulty in finding an answer or solution; much disputed

"the vexed issue of priorities" "we live in vexed and troubled times"

(difficult is similar to ...) extremely difficult; requiring the strength of a Hercules

"a herculean task"

(difficult is similar to ...) requiring great effort

"a hard-fought primary"

(difficult is similar to ...) unpredictably difficult in operation; likely to be troublesome

"rockets were much too fractious to be tested near thickly populated areas" "fractious components of a communication system"

(difficult is similar to ...) difficult to handle; requiring great tact

"delicate negotiations with the big powers" "hesitates to be explicit on so ticklish a matter" "a touchy subject"

(difficult is similar to ...) having concealed difficulty

"a catchy question" "a tricky recipe to follow"

(difficult is similar to ...) making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe

"a baffling problem" "I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast" "a problematic situation at home"

(difficult is similar to ...) hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment

"awkward (or embarrassing or difficult) moments in the discussion" "an awkward pause followed his remark" "a sticky question" "in the unenviable position of resorting to an act he had planned to save for the climax of the campaign"

(difficult is similar to ...) difficult to accomplish; demanding considerable mental effort and skill

"the arduous work of preparing a dictionary"

(difficult is similar to ...) requiring full use of your abilities or resources

"ambitious schedule" "performed the most challenging task without a mistake"

(difficult is similar to ...) hard to endure

"fell upon trying times"

(means also ...) requiring great physical effort

(means also ...) dispassionate

"took a hard look" "a hard bargainer"

(means also ...) requiring more than usually expected or thought due; especially great patience and effort and skill

"found the job very demanding" "a baby can be so demanding"

(... are attributes of difficult) the quality of being difficult

"they agreed about the difficulty of the climb"

Definition 2: hard to control - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where difficult or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a difficult child
  • an unmanageable situation

Synonyms for difficult in the sense of this definition

(difficult is similar to ...) incapable of being controlled

"the little boy's parents think he is spirited, but his teacher finds him unruly"

(difficult is similar to ...) difficult or impossible to manage or control

"an incorrigible mess"

(difficult is similar to ...) incapable of being checked or restrained

(means also ...) boldly resisting authority or an opposing force

"brought up to be aggressive and defiant" "a defiant attitude"

(means also ...) not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority

"disobedient children"

(means also ...) not tractable; difficult to manage or mold

"an intractable disposition" "intractable pain" "the most intractable issue of our era" "intractable metal"

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