Difficulty

Dif"fi*cul*ty

(?), n.;
pl. Difficulties (#).
[L. difficultas, fr. difficilis difficult; dif- = dis- + facilis easy: cf. F. difficult. See Facile.] 1. The state of being difficult, or hard to do; hardness; arduousness; -- opposed to easiness or facility; as, the difficulty of a task or enterprise; a work of difficulty.
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Not being able to promote them [the interests of life] on account of the difficulty of the region.
James Byrne.
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2. Something difficult; a thing hard to do or to understand; that which occasions labor or perplexity, and requires skill and perseverance to overcome, solve, or achieve; a hard enterprise; an obstacle; an impediment; as, the difficulties of a science; difficulties in theology.
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They lie under some difficulties by reason of the emperor's displeasure.
Addison.
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3. A controversy; a falling out; a disagreement; an objection; a cavil.
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Measures for terminating all local difficulties.
Bancroft.
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4. Embarrassment of affairs, especially financial affairs; -- usually in the plural; as, to be in difficulties.
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In days of difficulty and pressure.
Tennyson.

Syn. -- Impediment; obstacle; obstruction; embarrassment; perplexity; exigency; distress; trouble; trial; objection; cavil. See Impediment.
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