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Synonyms for difficult

Synonyms for (adjective) difficult

Synonyms: difficult, hard Definition: not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure Usage: a difficult task; nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access; difficult times; why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?

Similar words: challenging, ambitious Definition: requiring full use of your abilities or resources Usage: ambitious schedule; performed the most challenging task without a mistake

Similar words: arduous Definition: difficult to accomplish; demanding considerable mental effort and skill Usage: the arduous work of preparing a dictionary

Similar words: awkward, unenviable, sticky, embarrassing Definition: hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment Usage: awkward (or embarrassing or difficult) moments in the discussion; an awkward pause followed his remark; a sticky question; in the unenviable position of resorting to an act he had planned to save for the climax of the campaign

Similar words: elusive, tough, baffling, problematic, problematical, knotty Definition: making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe Usage: a baffling problem; I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast; a problematic situation at home

Similar words: tricky, catchy Definition: having concealed difficulty Usage: a catchy question; a tricky recipe to follow

Similar words: delicate, touchy, ticklish Definition: difficult to handle; requiring great tact Usage: delicate negotiations with the big powers; hesitates to be explicit on so ticklish a matter; a touchy subject

Similar words: fractious Definition: unpredictably difficult in operation; likely to be troublesome Usage: rockets were much too fractious to be tested near thickly populated areas; fractious components of a communication system

Similar words: hard-fought Definition: requiring great effort Usage: a hard-fought primary

Similar words: herculean Definition: extremely difficult; requiring the strength of a Hercules Usage: a herculean task

Similar words: nasty, tight Definition: exasperatingly difficult to handle or circumvent Usage: a nasty problem; a good man to have on your side in a tight situation

Similar words: rough, rocky Definition: full of hardship or trials Usage: the rocky road to success; they were having a rough time

Similar words: tough, rugged Definition: very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution Usage: a rugged competitive examination; the rugged conditions of frontier life; the competition was tough; it's a tough life; it was a tough job

Similar words: serious Definition: requiring effort or concentration; complex and not easy to answer or solve Usage: raised serious objections to the proposal; the plan has a serious flaw

Similar words: tall Definition: impressively difficult Usage: a tall order

Similar words: thorny Definition: bristling with perplexities Usage: the thorny question of states' rights

Similar words: troublesome Definition: difficult to deal with Usage: a troublesome infection; a troublesome situation

Similar words: trying Definition: hard to endure Usage: fell upon trying times

Similar words: vexed Definition: causing difficulty in finding an answer or solution; much disputed Usage: the vexed issue of priorities; we live in vexed and troubled times

Synonyms: unmanageable, difficult Definition: hard to control Usage: a difficult child, an unmanageable situation

Similar words: uncontrollable, ungovernable, unruly, indocile Definition: of persons Usage: the little boy's parents think he is spirited, but his teacher finds him unruly

Similar words: uncheckable Definition: incapable of being checked or restrained