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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?.


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


2. difficult hard to control

SamplesA difficult child.
An unmanageable situation.


Similarindocile, uncheckable, uncontrollable, ungovernable, unruly

See alsodefiant, disobedient, intractable, noncompliant


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