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difficulty

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of difficulty

  1. 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 Synonyms of difficulty adversity, asperity, hardness, hardship, rigor Words Related to difficulty discomfort, inconvenience, nuisance; affliction, trial, tribulation; knock, misfortune, mishap, tragedy; bar, catch, check, clog, crimp, embarrassment, handicap, hindrance, hitch, hurdle, impediment, interference, let, manacle, obstacle, obstruction, pons asinorum, rub, shackle, snag, stop, trammel; block, chain, deterrent, encumbrance, fetter, inhibition; hump Near Antonyms of difficulty advantage, break, opportunity

  2. 2 something that makes a situation more complicated or difficult there was a minor difficulty when we realized that the store had already closed Synonyms of difficulty complexity, complicacy, convolution, complication, intricacyWords Related to difficulty aftereffect, ramification, side effect (also side reaction); subtlety, technicality; annoyance, bitch, bother, headache, inconvenience, matter, trouble

  3. 3 a feeling or declaration of disapproval or dissent the only difficulty I have with the dress is its color—does it come in anything besides purple? Synonyms of difficulty challenge, complaint, demur, demurral, demurrer, objection, exception, expostulation, fuss, kick, protest, question, remonstrance, stinkWords Related to difficulty compunction, doubt, misgiving, qualm, scruple; misunderstanding; cavil, niggle [chiefly British], quibble; argument, conflict, debate, dispute, dissent, hassle, quarrel, squabble, static; censure, criticism; defiance, disobedience, rebellion; distrust, distrustfulness, dubiety, dubitation [archaic], incertitude, indetermination, misdoubt, mistrust, mistrustfulness, reservation, skepticism, suspicion, uncertainty; qualmishness, unease, uneasiness; reluctance, unwillingnessNear Antonyms of difficulty willingness; approval, sanction; acceptance, acquiescence, agreement, assent; compliance, obedience

  4. 4 variance of opinion on a matter the theologian's ongoing difficulties with the Vatican Synonyms of difficulty contestation, controversy, debate, difference, disagreement, disputation, dispute, dissension (also dissention), dissensus, firestorm, nonconcurrenceWords Related to difficulty clash, collision, conflict, confliction, disaccord, discord, dissonance; apartness, divarication, division; combat, contention, strife, struggle; altercation, argument, bicker, falling-out, fight, kickup, misunderstanding, quarrel, set-toNear Antonyms of difficulty acceptance, compliance; concord, peaceAntonyms of difficulty accord, agreement, consensus, harmony, unanimity



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