HyperDic: difficult

English > 2 senses of the word difficult:
ADJECTIVEalldifficult, hardnot easy
alldifficult, unmanageablehard to control
difficult > pronunciation
Soundsdih'fahkahlt
Rhymesadult ... tumult: 10 rhymes with ahlt...
English > difficult: 2 senses > adjective 1
Meaningnot easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish / accomplish or comprehend or endure.
Examples
  • "a difficult task"
  • "nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access"
  • "difficult times"
Synonymhard
Attribute ofdifficulty, difficultnessThe quality of being difficult
Narrowerambitious, challengingrequiring full use of your abilities or resources
arduousDifficult to accomplish / accomplish
awkward, embarrassing, sticky, unenviableHard to deal with
baffling, elusive, knotty, problematic, problematical, toughmaking great mental demands
catchy, trickyHaving concealed difficulty
delicate, ticklish, touchyDifficult to handle
fractiousunpredictably difficult in operation
hard-foughtrequiring great effort
herculeanExtremely difficult
nasty, tightexasperatingly difficult to handle or circumvent
rocky, roughFull of hardship or trials
rugged, toughVery difficult
seriousrequiring effort or concentration / concentration
tallimpressively difficult
thornyBristling with perplexities
troublesomeDifficult to deal with
tryingHard to endure
vexedCausing difficulty in finding an answer or solution
See alsocomplexcomplicated in structure
demandingrequiring more than usually expected or thought due
effortfulrequiring great physical effort
harddispassionate
Oppositeeasyposing no difficulty
Spanishdifícil, dura, duro
Catalandifícil, dur, dura
Nounsdifficultnessthe quality of being difficult
English > difficult: 2 senses > adjective 2
MeaningHard to control.
Example"a difficult child", "an unmanageable situation"
Synonymunmanageable
NarrowerincorrigibleDifficult or impossible to manage or control
indocile, uncontrollable, ungovernable, unrulyOf persons
uncheckableincapable of being checked or restrained
See alsodefiant, noncompliantboldly resisting authority or an opposing force
disobedientnot obeying or complying with commands of those in authority
intractablenot tractable
Oppositemanageablecapable of being managed or controlled
Spanishincontrolable

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