Dif·fi·cul·ty n.; pl. Difficulties
1. 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.
Not being able to promote them [the interests of life] on account of the difficulty of the region. --James Byrne.
2. 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.
They lie under some difficulties by reason of the emperor's displeasure. --Addison.
3. A controversy; a falling out; a disagreement; an objection; a cavil.
Measures for terminating all local difficulties. --Bancroft.
4. Embarrassment of affairs, especially financial affairs; -- usually in the plural; as, to be in difficulties.
In days of difficulty and pressure. --Tennyson.
Syn: -- Impediment; obstacle; obstruction; embarrassment; perplexity; exigency; distress; trouble; trial; objection; cavil. See Impediment.
n 1: 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"
2: 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"
3: 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"
4: the quality of being difficult; "they agreed about the
difficulty of the climb" [syn: difficultness] [ant: ease]