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1. difficulty

noun. ['ˈdɪfəkəlti, ˈdɪfɪˌkəlti'] an effort that is inconvenient.

Synonyms

  • sweat
  • effort
  • travail
  • elbow grease
  • trouble
  • tsuris
  • the devil

Antonyms

  • narrowness
  • interestingness
  • happiness
  • availability

Etymology

  • difficultee (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • difficulté (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

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Words that Rhyme with Difficulty

  • admiralty
  • casualty
  • casualty
  • casualty
  • coltie
  • cruelty
  • cruelty
  • difficulty
  • disloyalty
  • esselte
  • faculty
  • faulty
  • fealty
  • fealty
  • felty
  • frailty
  • glotfelty
  • hilty
  • kampschulte
  • kelty

Example sentences of the word difficulty


1. Noun, singular or mass
Their place also depends on the difficulty of the specialty, and there are many subgroups.

Quotes containing the word difficulty


1. Professionalism in art has this difficulty: To be professional is to be dependable, to be dependable is to be predictable, and predictability is esthetically boring - an anti-virtue in a field where we hope to be astonished and startled and at some deep level refreshed.
- John Updike

2. A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
- Winston S. Churchill

3. Professionalism in art has this difficulty: To be professional is to be dependable, to be dependable is to be predictable, and predictability is esthetically boring - an anti-virtue in a field where we hope to be astonished and startled and at some deep level refreshed.
- John Updike

2. difficulty

noun. ['ˈdɪfəkəlti, ˈdɪfɪˌkəlti'] a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome.

Synonyms

  • fix
  • muddle
  • wall
  • condition
  • rough sledding
  • bitch
  • mess
  • pickle
  • kettle of fish
  • rattrap
  • situation
  • predicament
  • hole
  • mire
  • problem
  • hard time
  • status
  • pinch
  • quandary
  • strain
  • stress
  • plight
  • jam
  • urinary hesitancy

Antonyms

  • soft
  • softness
  • sensitive
  • merciful

Etymology

  • difficultee (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • difficulté (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

3. difficulty

noun. ['ˈdɪfəkəlti, ˈdɪfɪˌkəlti'] a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result.

Synonyms

  • pisser
  • pitfall
  • snorter
  • problem
  • impediment
  • balk
  • booby trap
  • deterrent
  • baulk
  • kink
  • handicap
  • hindrance
  • check
  • hinderance
  • trouble
  • killer
  • cognitive factor
  • facer

Antonyms

  • convenience
  • suitableness
  • comfort
  • effortless

Etymology

  • difficultee (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • difficulté (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

4. difficulty

noun. ['ˈdɪfəkəlti, ˈdɪfɪˌkəlti'] the quality of being difficult.

Synonyms

  • rigorousness
  • heaviness
  • difficultness
  • severeness
  • worriment
  • oppressiveness
  • inconvenience
  • burdensomeness
  • onerousness
  • hard
  • rigor
  • hardness
  • effortfulness
  • severity
  • quality
  • rigourousness
  • ruggedness
  • grimness
  • niceness
  • difficult
  • troublesomeness
  • hardship
  • formidability
  • rigour
  • toughness
  • asperity

Antonyms

  • easy
  • effortlessness
  • accessibility
  • opportuneness

Etymology

  • difficultee (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • difficulté (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
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