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English adjective: difficult

1. difficult not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure


SamplesA difficult task.
Nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access.
Difficult times.
Why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?.


Synonymshard


Similarambitious, arduous, awkward, baffling, catchy, challenging, delicate, elusive, embarrassing, fractious, hard-fought, herculean, knotty, nasty, problematic, problematical, rocky, rough, rugged, serious, sticky, tall, thorny, ticklish, tight, touchy, tough, tough, tricky, troublesome, trying, unenviable, vexed


See alsodemanding, effortful, hard


Attributedifficultness, difficulty


Antonymseasy

2. difficult hard to control


SamplesA difficult child.
An unmanageable situation.


Synonymsunmanageable


Similarindocile, uncheckable, uncontrollable, ungovernable, unruly


See alsodefiant, disobedient, intractable, noncompliant


Antonymsmanageable









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