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Definition 1: an effort that is inconvenient - [noun denoting act]

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

  • I went to a lot of trouble
  • he won without any trouble
  • had difficulty walking
  • finished the test only with great difficulty

Synonyms for difficulty in the sense of this definition

(difficulty is a kind of ...) use of physical or mental energy; hard work

"he got an A for effort" "they managed only with great exertion"

(... is a kind of difficulty ) something difficult or awkward to do or deal with

"it will be the devil to solve"

(... is a kind of difficulty ) (Yiddish) aggravating trouble

"the frustrating tsuris he subjected himself to"

Definition 2: the quality of being difficult - [noun denoting attribute]

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

  • they agreed about the difficulty of the climb

Synonyms for difficulty in the sense of this definition

(difficulty is a kind of ...) an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

"the quality of mercy is not strained"

(... is a kind of difficulty ) the quality of requiring deliberate effort

(... is a kind of difficulty ) something hard to endure

"the asperity of northern winters"

(... is a kind of difficulty ) the quality of being difficult to do

"he assigned a series of problems of increasing hardness" "the ruggedness of his exams caused half the class to fail"

(... is a kind of difficulty ) impressive difficulty

(... is a kind of difficulty ) unwelcome burdensome difficulty

(... is a kind of difficulty ) the quality of being difficult to detect or analyze

"you had to admire the subtlety of the distinctions he drew"

(... is a kind of difficulty ) a difficulty that causes anxiety

(... are attributes of difficulty) not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure

"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?"

Definition 3: a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result - [noun denoting cognition]

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

  • serious difficulties were encountered in obtaining a pure reagent

(difficulty is a kind of ...) something immaterial (as a circumstance or influence) that contributes to producing a result

(... is a kind of difficulty ) something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

(... is a kind of difficulty ) something outstandingly difficult

"the problem was a real snorter"

(... is a kind of difficulty ) an unforeseen or unexpected or surprising difficulty

(... is a kind of difficulty ) a very disagreeable difficulty

(... is a kind of difficulty ) a difficulty or flaw in a plan or operation

"there are still a few kinks to iron out"

(... is a kind of difficulty ) a difficulty that is hard to deal with

"that exam was a real killer"

(... is a kind of difficulty ) (a dated Briticism) a serious difficulty with which one is suddenly faced

(... is a kind of difficulty ) a source of difficulty

"one trouble after another delayed the job" "what's the problem?"

(... is a kind of difficulty ) a minor difficulty

"they finally have the wrinkles pretty well ironed out"

Definition 4: a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome - [noun denoting state]

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

  • grappling with financial difficulties

(difficulty is a kind of ...) a state at a particular time

"a condition (or state) of disrepair" "the current status of the arms negotiations"

(... is a kind of difficulty ) difficulty in beginning the flow of urine; associated with prostate enlargement in men and with narrowing of the urethral opening in women; may be caused by emotional stress in either men or women

(... is a kind of difficulty ) a complex or critical or unusual difficulty

"the dangerous situation developed suddenly" "that's quite a situation" "no human situation is simple"

(... is a kind of difficulty ) a state of difficulty that needs to be resolved

"she and her husband are having problems" "it is always a job to contact him" "urban problems such as traffic congestion and smog"

(... is a kind of difficulty ) a difficulty or embarrassment that is hard to extricate yourself from

"the country is still trying to climb out of the mire left by its previous president" "caught in the mire of poverty"

(... is a kind of difficulty ) difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension

"she endured the stresses and strains of life" "he presided over the economy during the period of the greatest stress and danger"

(... is a kind of difficulty ) a difficulty that can be overcome with effort

"we had a hard time getting here" "analysts predicted rough sledding for handset makers"

(... is a kind of difficulty ) informal terms for a difficult situation

"he got into a terrible fix" "he made a muddle of his marriage"

(... is a kind of difficulty ) a painful or straitened circumstance

"the pinch of the recession"

(... is a kind of difficulty ) a difficult entangling situation

(... is a kind of difficulty ) a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one

"finds himself in a most awkward predicament" "the woeful plight of homeless people"

(... is a kind of difficulty ) an unpleasant difficulty

"this problem is a real bitch"

(... is a kind of difficulty ) a difficult or awkward situation

"his back was to the wall" "competition was pushing them to the wall"

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