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English noun: difficulty

1. difficulty (act) an effort that is inconvenient


SamplesI went to a lot of trouble.
He won without any trouble.
Had difficulty walking.
Finished the test only with great difficulty.


Synonymstrouble


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


SamplesSerious 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


SamplesGrappling 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


SamplesThey agreed about the difficulty of the climb.


Synonymsdifficultness


Broader (hypernym)quality


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


Attributedifficult, hard


Antonymsease, easiness, simpleness, simplicity









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