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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Difficult  \Dif"fi*cult\,  v.  t. 
  To  render  difficult;  to  impede;  to  perplex.  [R.]  --Sir  W. 
  Temple. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Difficult  \Dif"fi*cult\,  a.  [From  {Difficulty}.] 
  1.  Hard  to  do  or  to  make  beset  with  difficulty;  attended 
  with  labor,  trouble,  or  pains;  not  easy;  arduous. 
 
  Note:  Difficult  implies  the  notion  that  considerable  mental 
  effort  or  skill  is  required,  or  that  obstacles  are  to 
  be  overcome  which  call  for  sagacity  and  skill  in  the 
  agent;  as  a  difficult  task;  hard  work  is  not  always 
  difficult  work  a  difficult  operation  in  surgery;  a 
  difficult  passage  in  an  author. 
 
  There  is  not  the  strength  or  courage  left  me  to 
  venture  into  the  wide,  strange,  and  difficult 
  world,  alone.  --Hawthorne. 
 
  2.  Hard  to  manage  or  to  please;  not  easily  wrought  upon 
  austere;  stubborn;  as  a  difficult  person. 
 
  Syn:  Arduous;  painful;  crabbed;  perplexed;  laborious; 
  unaccommodating;  troublesome.  See  {Arduous}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  difficult 
  adj  1:  not  easy;  requiring  great  physical  or  mental  effort  to 
  accomplish  or  comprehend  or  endure;  "a  difficult 
  task";  "nesting  places  on  the  cliffs  are  difficult  of 
  access";  "difficult  times";  "a  difficult  child"; 
  "found  himself  in  a  difficult  situation";  "why  is  it 
  so  hard  for  you  to  keep  a  secret?"  [syn:  {hard}]  [ant: 
  {easy}] 
  2:  requiring  much  effort  and  trouble;  "the  mountain  climb  was 
  long,  steep,  and  difficult" 




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