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1 something that is a cause for suffering or special effort especially in the attainment of a goal
  • the many difficulties that he encountered on the road from poor orphan to head of a major corporation

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2 something that makes a situation more complicated or difficult
  • there was a minor difficulty when we realized that the store had already closed

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4 variance of opinion on a matter
  • the theologian's ongoing difficulties with the Vatican

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The first known use of difficulty was in the 14th century

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“Difficulty.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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