1. Hard to do or to make; beset with difficulty; attended with labor, trouble, or pains; not easy; arduous.
Note: ☞ Difficult implies the notion that considerable mental effort or skill is required, or that obstacles are to be overcome which call for sagacity and skill in the agent; as, a difficult task; hard work is not always difficult work; a difficult operation in surgery; a difficult passage in an author.
There is not the strength or courage left me to venture into the wide, strange, and difficult world, alone. --Hawthorne.
2. Hard to manage or to please; not easily wrought upon; austere; stubborn; as, a difficult person.
Syn: -- Arduous; painful; crabbed; perplexed; laborious; unaccommodating; troublesome. See Arduous.
Dif·fi·cult, v. t. To render difficult; to impede; to perplex. [R.]
adj 1: not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to
accomplish or comprehend or endure; "a difficult
task"; "nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of
access"; "difficult times"; "a difficult child";
"found himself in a difficult situation"; "why is it
so hard for you to keep a secret?" [syn: hard] [ant:
2: requiring much effort and trouble; "the mountain climb was
long, steep, and difficult"