an effort that is inconvenient
"I went to a lot of trouble"; "he won without any trouble"; "had difficulty walking"; "finished the test only with great difficulty"
a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result
"serious difficulties were encountered in obtaining a pure reagent"
a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome
"grappling with financial difficulties"
the quality of being difficult
"they agreed about the difficulty of the climb"
The state of being difficult, or hard to do.
An obstacle that hinders achievement of a goal.
We faced a difficulty.
Origin: From difficultee, from difficulté, from difficultas, from difficul, older form of difficilis, from dis- + facilis; see difficile and difficult.
the state of being difficult, or hard to do; hardness; arduousness; -- opposed to easiness or facility; as, the difficulty of a task or enterprise; a work of difficulty
something difficult; a thing hard to do or to understand; that which occasions labor or perplexity, and requires skill and perseverance to overcome, solve, or achieve; a hard enterprise; an obstacle; an impediment; as, the difficulties of a science; difficulties in theology
a controversy; a falling out; a disagreement; an objection; a cavil
embarrassment of affairs, especially financial affairs; -- usually in the plural; as, to be in difficulties
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'difficulty' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1652
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'difficulty' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1772
Rank popularity for the word 'difficulty' in Nouns Frequency: #323
The numerical value of difficulty in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of difficulty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Smaller banks have more difficulty getting deposits.
The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest success only comes later.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity;
an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
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Translations for difficulty
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- пречка, трудност, затруднение, мъчнотия, препятствиеBulgarian
- dificultatCatalan, Valencian
- obtížnost, obtíž, potížCzech
- besvær, sværhed, vanskelighedDanish
- hankaluus, vaikeusFinnish
- cruas, cruadal, duilgheadas, staing, èiginn, spàirn, teanntachd, docaireachdScottish Gaelic
- मुसीबत, बाधा, कठिनाईHindi
- difikilteHaitian Creole
- 障害, 難しさ, 困難Japanese
- moeilijkheid, hindernisDutch
- ił nanitłʼahNavajo, Navaho
- dificultate, obstacol, piedicăRomanian
- затруднение, сложность, трудностьRussian
- svårighet, besvärSwedish
- مشکل, کٹھنائیUrdu
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