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See definition of difficult on Dictionary.com
  • adj.hard on someone; hard to do
  • adj.complicated; hard to comprehend
  • adj.unmanageable socially

synonyms for difficult

  • ambitious
  • arduous
  • burdensome
  • challenging
  • crucial
  • demanding
  • laborious
  • onerous
  • painful
  • problematic
  • severe
  • strenuous
  • tough
  • troublesome
  • backbreaker
  • bothersome
  • difficile
  • easier said than done
  • effortful
  • exacting
  • formidable
  • galling
  • gargantuan
  • hard-won
  • heavy
  • herculean
  • immense
  • intricate
  • irritating
  • labored
  • no picnic
  • not easy
  • operose
  • problem
  • prohibitive
  • rigid
  • stiff
  • titanic
  • toilsome
  • trying
  • unyielding
  • uphill
  • upstream
  • wearisome
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antonyms for difficult

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  • easy
  • effortless
  • facile
  • helpful
  • nice
  • trivial
  • calm
  • free
  • friendly
  • manageable
  • plain
  • simple
  • sociable
  • straightforward
  • uncomplicated
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These are difficult conversations that aren’t going to go away whether or not we play the national anthem.
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It’s really difficult to do a cost-benefit analysis when you can’t quantify the benefits, which is the case with rotational-energy protection systems.
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That would make it much more difficult to operate a site like Yelp, which relies on having negative user content that people that it’s about would want taken down.
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Under normal circumstances, with a defeated incumbent president, it is difficult for a party to change.
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The Washington Football Team is also in need of a quarterback, but it’s difficult to imagine an intra-divisional trade.
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Masks make it more difficult to hear what the wearer is saying and impossible for those who rely on lip reading.
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The holidays this year — beginning with one of my high holy days, Selection Sunday — are going to be very difficult for me.
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In the United States, stricter lockdowns may be politically difficult, given pent-up fatigue and frustration.
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It’s not hyperbolic to say that the American experiment as a diverse, multiethnic democratic republic is facing one of its most difficult tests since that distant Philadelphia summer.
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The Chiefs have one of the highest-scoring offenses in the league, and it’s difficult to beat them by kicking field goals.
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WORDS RELATED TO DIFFICULT

  • arduous
  • bold
  • challenging
  • demanding
  • difficult
  • elaborate
  • energetic
  • exacting
  • formidable
  • grandiose
  • hard
  • impressive
  • industrious
  • lofty
  • pretentious
  • severe
  • strenuous
  • visionary
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.