Simple Definition of difficult
: not easy : requiring much work or skill to do or make
: not easy to deal with or manage
: not willing to help others by changing your behavior : stubborn or unreasonable
Examples of difficult in a sentence
We were asked lots of difficult questions.
I had to make a very difficult decision.
We'll be hiking over difficult terrain.
It's more difficult than it sounds.
I found myself in a difficult position.
Some difficult days lie ahead of us.
These changes will make life difficult for everyone involved.
Origin and Etymology of difficult
Middle English, back-formation from difficulty
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of difficult
DIFFICULT Defined for Kids
Definition of difficult for Students
1 : not easy : hard to do or make <a difficult job>
2 : hard to deal with <difficult circumstances> <a difficult child>
3 : hard to understand <a difficult subject>
Word Root of difficult
The Latin word facere, meaning “to make” or “to do,” and its form factus give us the roots fic, fact, and fect. Words from the Latin facere have something to do with making or doing something. To manufacture is to make goods. This is often done in a factory. Something difficult is hard to do. Anything effective does what it is meant to do.
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