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Definition of difficulty:

  1. A controversy; a falling out; a disagreement; an objection; a cavil.
  2. Embarrassment of affairs, especially financial affairs; - usually in the plural; as, to be in difficulties.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Synonyms:

labyrinth, squeeze, conflict, paradox, variance, struggle, dissension, standstill, squabble, dissidence, difference, aid, slough, hindrance, embarrassment, depression, exigency, aggravation, scrape, having a bad time, oppression, argument, worry, hump, crisis, bother, bind, knot, entanglement, care, stew, reluctance, annoyance, rigorousness, inconvenience, stumbling block, flak, disaccord, barricade, catch, debate, harassment, challenge, millstone, grievance, corner, spot, quarrel, obstruction, wrangle, inharmony, hitch, hole, deadlock, pinch, maze, disadvantage, dissent, spat, strain, irritation, bar, demur, discouragement, weight, warfare, toughie, easy, quagmire, charge, ado, dispute, hot spot, encumbrance, blind alley, tiff, contention, asperity, disagreement, anxiety, emergency, run-in, can of worms, rigor, poser, pain, to-do, schism, check, cul-de-sac, discordance, dead end, crimp, clash, headache, assistance, setback, having a hard time, vicissitude, under a handicap, responsibility, war, fuss, frustration, snag, dissonance, bicker, comfort, hazard, friction, quicksand, fight, obstacle, tangle, stress, faction, soup, strife, swamp, mess, altercation, deep water, clog, impasse, difficultness, hot water, ease, Dutch, discord, confrontation, controversy, pass, polemic, trouble, muddle, word, impediment, pressure, objection, hang-up, barrier, rhubarb, hassle, box, dissentience, rub, unwillingness, joker.

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