Definitions of difficulty

  1. the quality of being difficult; " they agreed about the difficulty of the climb"
  2. a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome; " grappling with financial difficulties"
  3. an effort that is inconvenient; " I went to a lot of trouble"; " he won without any trouble"; " had difficulty walking"; " finished the test only with great difficulty"
  4. a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result; " serious difficulties were encountered in obtaining a pure reagent"
  5. Something difficult; a thing hard to do or to understand; that which occasions labor or perplexity, and requires skill and perseverance to overcome, solve, or achieve; a hard enterprise; an obstacle; an impediment; as, the difficulties of a science; difficulties in theology.
  6. A controversy; a falling out; a disagreement; an objection; a cavil.
  7. The state of being difficult, or hard to do; hardness; arduousness; - opposed to easiness or facility; as, the difficulty of a task or enterprise; a work of difficulty.
  8. Embarrassment of affairs, especially financial affairs; - usually in the plural; as, to be in difficulties.
  9. State of being hard or perplexing; something hard to do; scruple; objection; hindrance.
  10. Laboriousness: obstacle: objection: that which cannot be easily understood or believed: embarrassment of affairs.
  11. Quality of being difficult; arduousness; obstacle; embarrassment; dispute.
  12. The state or quality of being difficult; an obstacle; hindrance; objection; trouble; distress.
  13. The state of being difficult; anything difficult; obstacle; objection.
  14. That which is hard to be done; an obstacle; perplexity; distress.

Quotes of difficulty

  1. Perpetual pushing and assurance put a difficulty out of countenance and make a seeming difficulty gives way. – Jeremy Collier
  2. The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success only comes later. – Confucius
  3. Everyone has talent at twenty -five. The difficulty is to have it at fifty. – Edgar Degas
  4. Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it. – Rene Descartes
  5. I am continually fascinated at the difficulty intelligent people have in distinguishing what is controversial from what is merely offensive. – Nora Ephron
  6. The greater the difficulty the more the glory in surmounting it. – Epicurus
  7. If most people are not willing to see the difficulty this is mainly because, consciously or unconsciously, they assume that it will be they who will settle these questions for the others, and because they are convinced of their own capacity to do this. – Friedrich August von Hayek
  8. I suppose that every time there is difficulty I remember about Space Mountain: It took us ten years before we found the technology that would allow such a ride. And during these ten years, I had a model that I kept, waiting for the technology we needed. – John Hench
  9. The difficulty is not so great to die for a friend, as to find a friend worth dying for. – Homer
  10. I have absolutely no difficulty myself with the playing of God Save the Queen in the presence of Her Majesty. – John Howard
  11. Let there be no illusions about the difficulty of forming this kind of a national community. It's tough, difficult, not easy. But a spirit of harmony will survive in America only if each of us remembers that we share a common destiny. – Barbara Jordan
  12. The tax on capital gains directly affects investment decisions, the mobility and flow of risk capital... the ease or difficulty experienced by new ventures in obtaining capital, and thereby the strength and potential for growth in the economy. – John F. Kennedy
  13. The difficulty in life is the choice. – George A. Moore
  14. Have the courage to face a difficulty lest it kick you harder than you bargain for. – Stanislaus I

Usage examples for difficulty

  1. " I see trouble before me, whatever I do," I said with some difficulty – Daisy in the Field by Elizabeth Wetherell
  2. But I see no difficulty in that. – Oxford Lectures on Poetry by Andrew Cecil Bradley
  3. Now it seems to me that this particular difficulty may be solved, and yet leave another behind. – Logic, Inductive and Deductive by William Minto
  4. He found the place with some difficulty – Beside Still Waters by Arthur Christopher Benson
  5. The difficulty was that they had nothing to put water into. – Northern Diamonds by Frank Lillie Pollock
  6. And without much difficulty they found it. – The Moon Metal by Garrett P. Serviss
  7. When in this wise she had her speech unloosed, She 'gan to sing so, that with difficulty Could I have turned my thoughts away from her. – Divine-Comedy-Longfellow-s-Translation-Complete by Dante Alighieri
  8. Do you know, man, that I think there is a way for us both out of the difficulty – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  9. One or the other difficulty met them in every case. – A Letter of Credit by Susan Warner
  10. But what if there's one that it's no difficulty at all for me to give? – The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James
  11. He cast about in his mind for some way out of his difficulty but he could find none. – The Girl Aviators and the Phantom Airship by Margaret Burnham
  12. The difficulty was, they must never know what he planned. – The Samurai Strategy by Thomas Hoover
  13. The only difficulty is to get to your place. – Barren Honour: A Novel by George A. Lawrence
  14. With some difficulty he met her eyes. – Love Stories by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  15. You see me in a difficulty Miss Butterworth. – That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green
  16. I have always felt that there was the great difficulty how to bring that about. – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  17. Yes, it can; and without much difficulty – The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles by Jean Henri Fabre
  18. The difficulty is not that we know so much, but that we know so much that isn't so. – Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens by Albert Bigelow Paine Last Updated: February 20, 2009
  19. Mr. Polwarth could not say that he had found no such difficulty – Thomas Wingfold, Curate by George MacDonald
  20. There was probably some difficulty in the way, for Raleigh's body was not brought that night to Beddington. – Raleigh by Edmund Gosse