[ US /ˈdɪfəkəɫti, ˈdɪfɪˌkəɫti/ ]
[ UK /dˈɪfɪkˌʌlti/ ]
  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. 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
  4. an effort that is inconvenient
    finished the test only with great difficulty
    I went to a lot of trouble
    he won without any trouble
    had difficulty walking
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How To Use difficulty In A Sentence

  • It acknowledges that some students may be experiencing difficulty, so we should be sensitive to their needs - such as allowing make-ups.
  • Difficulty shows what men are. Epictetus 
  • Many had difficulty negotiating the cross-drive obstacle, where often it was not until they were almost upon it that is was clear whether the sheep were going through or around the outside.
  • The greatest difficulty which presents itself in entering the southern mouth arises from what in America are termed snags, that is, large trees, the roots of which are firmly planted in the bed of the river, whilst the branches project up the stream, and are likely to pierce any boat in its passage down. Journals of Two Expeditions of Discovery in North-West and Western Australia, Volume 2
  • The presence of small lymphocytes in serous cavity fluid can pose great difficulty in the differentiation between a low-grade lymphoproliferative disorder and reactive lymphocytosis.
  • Foot and mouth disease is a zoonosis, a disease transmissible to humans, but it crosses the species barrier with difficulty and with little effect.
  • He has no notion of the difficulty of the problem.
  • The dinner has highlighted the difficulty for the duke and duchess of how careful they should be about where their charitable donations come from. Times, Sunday Times
  • He had no difficulty in disposing of the fallacy, and he was in no danger of succumbing to it. Nineteen Eighty-Four
  • Then the pleasant little surprises of all kinds that we imagined; and the pleasant looks that greet us when we condescend to accept them; the patience that can translate our most unwarrantable "crossness", because there has been some trifling difficulty in obtaining the half of a star or the corner of a moon which it had pleased us to require, into "such a good sign of being really better"; and then our appetite (which the gods know is at that season singularly keen), how is it not tempted with unutterable dainties and friande morsels, all sorts of amateur cookery in our behalf, where Love himself has not disdained to turn the spit, and look into the stewpan! and all served up so gracefully on the small tray, covered with its delicate white damask cloth, arraying with more than mortal charms the moulds of crystal jelly and pure-looking blanc mange! Zoe: The History of Two Lives
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