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. The state or quality of being difficult; an obstacle; hindrance; objection; trouble; distress.
  12. The state of being difficult; anything difficult; obstacle; objection.
  13. That which is hard to be done; an obstacle; perplexity; distress.

Usage examples for difficulty

  1. 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
  2. He found the place with some difficulty. – Beside Still Waters by Arthur Christopher Benson
  3. There was probably some difficulty in the way, for Raleigh's body was not brought that night to Beddington. – Raleigh by Edmund Gosse
  4. But I see no difficulty in that. – Oxford Lectures on Poetry by Andrew Cecil Bradley
  5. Mr. Polwarth could not say that he had found no such difficulty. – Thomas Wingfold, Curate by George MacDonald
  6. The only difficulty is to get to your place. – Barren Honour: A Novel by George A. Lawrence
  7. 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
  8. And without much difficulty they found it. – The Moon Metal by Garrett P. Serviss
  9. Yes, it can; and without much difficulty. – The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles by Jean Henri Fabre
  10. 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
  11. The difficulty was that they had nothing to put water into. – Northern Diamonds by Frank Lillie Pollock
  12. But what if there's one that it's no difficulty at all for me to give? – The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James
  13. With some difficulty he met her eyes. – Love Stories by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  14. Now it seems to me that this particular difficulty may be solved, and yet leave another behind. – Logic, Inductive and Deductive by William Minto
  15. One or the other difficulty met them in every case. – A Letter of Credit by Susan Warner
  16. You see me in a difficulty, Miss Butterworth. – That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green
  17. " I see trouble before me, whatever I do," I said with some difficulty. – Daisy in the Field by Elizabeth Wetherell
  18. The difficulty was, they must never know what he planned. – The Samurai Strategy by Thomas Hoover
  19. 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