We face a difficulty that requires unconventional thinking.
The difficulty of a task.
Lost his job and found himself in difficulties.
When you have a very hard time learning to ski, this is an example of a time when you have difficulty skiing.
A challenge that arises that prevents you from achieving your goal is an example of a difficulty.
A company trying to settle difficulties with labor.
- in distress, esp. financially
Other Word Forms
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of difficulty
- Middle English difficulte from Old French dificulte from Latin difficultās from difficilis difficult dis- dis- facilis easy dhē- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition