- The definition of difficult is something that is hard to understand or do and is a person that is hard to get along with.
- An example of difficult is a very complicated calculus problem.
- An example of difficult is a person who is critical all the time and never pleased.
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- hard to do, make, manage, understand, etc.; involving trouble or requiring extra effort, skill, or thought
- hard to satisfy, persuade, please, etc.
Origin: Middle English back-formation ; from difficulty
- difficultly adverb
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- Hard to do or accomplish; demanding considerable effort or skill; arduous: “To entertain is far more difficult than to enlighten” (Anthony Burgess). See Synonyms at hard.
- Hard to endure; trying: fell upon difficult times.
- Hard to comprehend or solve: a difficult puzzle.
- Hard to please, satisfy, or manage: a difficult child.
- Hard to persuade or convince; stubborn.
Origin: Middle English, back-formation from difficulte, difficulty; see difficulty.
- difˈfi·cultˌly adverb