English noun: difficulty
|1.||difficulty (act) an effort that is inconvenient|
|Samples||I went to a lot of trouble.|
He won without any trouble.
Had difficulty walking.
Finished the test only with great difficulty.
|Broader (hypernym)||effort, elbow grease, exertion, sweat, travail|
|Narrower (hyponym)||the devil, tsuris|
|2.||difficulty (cognition) a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result|
|Samples||Serious difficulties were encountered in obtaining a pure reagent.|
|Broader (hypernym)||cognitive factor|
|Narrower (hyponym)||balk, baulk, booby trap, check, deterrent, facer, handicap, hinderance, hindrance, impediment, killer, kink, pisser, pitfall, problem, snorter, trouble, wrinkle|
|3.||difficulty (state) a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome|
|Samples||Grappling with financial difficulties.|
|Broader (hypernym)||condition, status|
|Narrower (hyponym)||bitch, fix, hard time, hole, jam, job, kettle of fish, mess, mire, muddle, pickle, pinch, plight, predicament, problem, quandary, rattrap, rough sledding, situation, strain, stress, urinary hesitancy, wall|
|4.||difficulty (attribute) the quality of being difficult|
|Samples||They agreed about the difficulty of the climb.|
|Narrower (hyponym)||asperity, burdensomeness, effortfulness, formidability, grimness, hardness, hardship, heaviness, inconvenience, niceness, onerousness, oppressiveness, rigor, rigorousness, rigour, rigourousness, ruggedness, severeness, severity, subtlety, toughness, troublesomeness, worriment|
|Antonyms||ease, easiness, simpleness, simplicity|