Definition of


  1. (noun, act) an effort that is inconvenient
    he won without any trouble
    had difficulty walking
    finished the test only with great difficulty
  2. (noun, attribute) the quality of being difficult
  3. (noun, cognition) a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result
  4. (noun, state) a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome

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Synonyms of Difficulty

difficultness, trouble

Antonyms of Difficulty


Origin of the word Difficulty

  1. late 14c., from O.Fr. difficulte, from L. difficultatem (nom. difficultus), from difficilis "hard," from dis- "not, away from" + facilis "easy" (see facile). more

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Words that sound like Difficulty

dibasic salt, difficult

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