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Difficult

Pronunciation of Difficult
/dˈɪfɪkə͡lt/, /dˈɪfɪkə‍lt/, /d_ˈɪ_f_ɪ_k_əl_t/

Synonyms for difficult:

Sense 1

offending, fathomless, insolvable, self-defeating, persnickety, messy, rocket science, insuperable, intrusive, disagreeable, obstructive, garbled, effortful, recherche, mountainous, opaque, indigestible, unaccountable, straitened, devilish, contrarious, incoherent, problem, unbridgeable, hard-earned, fraught, highfalutin, bureaucratic, intolerable, schismatic, tangled, Dizzying, fiddly, mind-boggling, high-flown, unfathomable, insurmountable, indecipherable, byzantine, unclear, punitive, recalcitrant, contentious, impenetrable, sophisticated, divisive, disjointed, disruptive, unfeasible, invidious, amiss, insupportable, ornery, enigmatic, cerebral, tortuous, costly, time-consuming, tendentious, kafkaesque, advanced, arcane, murphy's law, provocative, expensive.

Sense 2

balky, corrosive, dim, generous, ambiguous, uncomfortable, impossible, baroque, contorted, intractable, wayward, inextricable, incendiary, ungovernable, rogue, fuzzy, mischievous, incommodious, sensitive, fanciful, bewildering, Fiendish, undesirable, confused, froward, inflammatory.

Sense 3

unrelenting, rigorous, elaborate, hypersensitive, crippling, gnarly, chronic, inconvenient, weighty, precision.

Sense 4

narrow, intensive, intense.

Sense 5

perverse, fancy, critical.

Sense 6

bad, sensitivity.

Sense 9

gray.

abstruse

abstract.

arcane

esoteric.

circuitous

labyrinthine.

demanding

exacting, exigent.

disquieting

disturbing.

exhausting

nerve-racking.

forced

labored, strained.

incomprehensible

inscrutable.

insolvable

insoluble.

involved

perplexed.

mysterious

elusive.

mystical

metaphysical.

oppressive

repressive.

puzzling

confusing.

tough

hard going.

troublesome

taxing.

unexplainable

inexplicable.

unobtainable

inaccessible.

adverse (adjective)

unfortunate, miserable, unfriendly, disastrous, detrimental, unlucky, inauspicious, grievous, troublesome, hard, adverse, unpropitious, calamitous, opposing, burdensome, unfavorable, perilous, untoward, distressful, antipathetic, tragic, catastrophic.

all (adjective)

hard, unmanageable.

ambitious (adjective)

severe, strenuous.

complex (adjective)

intricate, complicated, byzantine, mysterious, involved, puzzling, abstruse, obscure, perplexing, convoluted, complex.

crotchety (adjective)

fractious.

dangerous (adjective)

hairy, treacherous.

difficult (adjective)

burdensome, fussy, formidable, wearying, troublesome, ticklish, adverse, thorny, scabrous, complicated, wearisome, cumbersome, onerous, stiff, demanding, uphill, toilsome, contrary, complex, strenuous, laborious, wearing, knotty, harsh, bothersome, hard, rough, rugged, trying, grinding, stressful, tight, tough, cantankerous, finicky, severe, oppressive, arduous, tricky.

effortful (adjective)

effortful.

hard on someone; hard to do (adjective)

arduous, effortful, exacting, intricate, ambitious, tough, labored, bothersome, demanding, severe, uphill, problem, laborious, trying, strenuous, herculean, stiff, onerous, toilsome, formidable, burdensome, wearisome, troublesome, challenging, heavy, problematic.

mean (adjective)

ornery.

opaque (adjective)

opaque.

unintelligible (adjective)

incomprehensible.

unmanageable socially (adjective)

perverse, intractable, fussy, finicky, fractious.

unreliable (adjective)

treacherous.

Sense 3 (noun)

perverse.

Sense 5 (noun)

weighty, exigent, effortful.

Sense 6 (noun)

incommodious, inconvenient.

Sense 7 (noun)

contrarious, wayward, impossible, froward, balky, ornery.

difficult (noun)

ticklish, catchy, thorny, tricky, arduous, problematic, baffling, herculean, hard, rough, awkward, knotty, rugged, trying, unenviable, vexed, embarrassing, delicate, tough, stubborn, ambitious, tall, sticky, fractious, troublesome, serious, challenging, rocky, hard-fought, problematical, nasty, tight.

closed (verb)

impassable.

Usage examples for difficult:

  • They found it very difficult. - "Short Stories of Various Types", Various.
  • I should think it would be very difficult. - "The End of a Coil", Susan Warner.
  • Is it so difficult to make a start? - "The Moon out of Reach", Margaret Pedler.

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