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1536, in the meaning defined above
borrowed from French, "difficult," going back to Middle French, borrowed from Latin difficilis — more at difficulty
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“Difficile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/difficile. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.
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