Difficulty

(Roget's Thesaurus)
<- N
PARAG:Difficulty->N
GRP: \\ N \\ 1
Sgm: \\ N \\ 1 \\ difficulty
difficulty
Sgm: \\ N \\ 1 \\ hardness
hardness
&c.->Adj.
Sgm: \\ N \\ 1 \\ impracticability
impracticability
&c.(impossibility) 471
Sgm: \\ N \\ 1 \\ tough work
tough work
hard work
uphill work
Sgm: \\ N \\ 1 \\ hard task
hard task
Herculean task
Augean task
Sgm: \\ N \\ 1 \\ task of Sisyphus
task of Sisyphus
Sisyphean labor
tough job
teaser
rasper
dead lift
GRP: \\ N \\ 2
Sgm: \\ N \\ 2 \\ dilemma
dilemma
embarrassment
Sgm: \\ N \\ 2 \\ deadlock
deadlock
Sgm: \\ N \\ 2 \\ perplexity
perplexity
&c.(uncertainty) 475
Sgm: \\ N \\ 2 \\ intricacy
intricacy
Sgm: \\ N \\ 2 \\ entanglement
entanglement
&c. 59
Sgm: \\ N \\ 2 \\ cross fire
cross fire
Sgm: \\ N \\ 2 \\ awkwardness
awkwardness
delicacy
ticklish card to play
knot
Gordian knot
dignus vindice nodus
net
meshes
maze
Sgm: \\ N \\ 2 \\ coil
coil
&c.(convolution) 248
Sgm: \\ N \\ 2 \\ crooked path
crooked path
Sgm: \\ N \\ 2 \\ involvement
involvement
GRP: \\ N \\ 3
Sgm: \\ N \\ 3 \\ nice point
nice point
delicate point
subtle point
knotty point
Sgm: \\ N \\ 3 \\ vexed question
vexed question
vexata quaestio
poser
Sgm: \\ N \\ 3 \\ puzzle
puzzle
&c.(riddle) 533
Sgm: \\ N \\ 3 \\ paradox
paradox
Sgm: \\ N \\ 3 \\ hard nut to crack
hard nut to crack
nut to crack
Sgm: \\ N \\ 3 \\ bone to pick
bone to pick
crux
pons asinorum
where the shoe pinches
GRP: \\ N \\ 4
Sgm: \\ N \\ 4 \\ nonplus
nonplus
quandary
strait
pass
pinch
pretty pass
stress
brunt
Sgm: \\ N \\ 4 \\ critical situation
critical situation
crisis
Sgm: \\ N \\ 4 \\ trial
trial
rub
emergency
exigency
scramble
GRP: \\ N \\ 5
Sgm: \\ N \\ 5 \\ scrape
scrape
hobble
slough
quagmire
hot water
hornet's nest
Sgm: \\ N \\ 5 \\ sea of troubles
sea of troubles
peck of troubles
Sgm: \\ N \\ 5 \\ pretty kettle of fish
pretty kettle of fish
Sgm: \\ N \\ 5 \\ pickle
pickle
stew
imbroglio
mess
ado
Sgm: \\ N \\ 5 \\ false position
false position
GRP: \\ N \\ 6
Sgm: \\ N \\ 6 \\ set fast
set fast
stand
Sgm: \\ N \\ 6 \\ deadlock
deadlock
dead set
GRP: \\ N \\ 7
Sgm: \\ N \\ 7 \\ fix
fix
horns of a dilemma
cul de sac
Sgm: \\ N \\ 7 \\ hitch
hitch
Sgm: \\ N \\ 7 \\ stumbling block
stumbling block
&c.(hindrance) 706
PARAG:Difficulty->V
GRP: \\ V \\ 1
Sgm: \\ V \\ 1 \\ be difficult
be difficult
&c.->Adj.
Sgm: \\ V \\ 1 \\ run one hard
run one hard
go against the grain
try one's patience
put one out
Sgm: \\ V \\ 1 \\ put to one's shifts
put to one's shifts
put to one's wit's end
Sgm: \\ V \\ 1 \\ go hard with one
go hard with one
try one
Sgm: \\ V \\ 1 \\ pose
pose
perplex
&c.(uncertain) 475
Sgm: \\ V \\ 1 \\ bother
bother
nonplus
gravel
bring to a deadlock
Sgm: \\ V \\ 1 \\ be impossible
be impossible
&c. 471
Sgm: \\ V \\ 1 \\ be in the way of
be in the way of
&c.(hinder) 706
GRP: \\ V \\ 2
Sgm: \\ V \\ 2 \\ meet with difficulties
meet with difficulties
Sgm: \\ V \\ 2 \\ labor under difficulties
labor under difficulties
Sgm: \\ V \\ 2 \\ get into difficulties
get into difficulties
Sgm: \\ V \\ 2 \\ plunge into difficulties
plunge into difficulties
Sgm: \\ V \\ 2 \\ struggle with difficulties
struggle with difficulties
Sgm: \\ V \\ 2 \\ contend with difficulties
contend with difficulties
Sgm: \\ V \\ 2 \\ grapple with difficulties
grapple with difficulties
Sgm: \\ V \\ 2 \\ labor under a disadvantage
labor under a disadvantage
Sgm: \\ V \\ 2 \\ be in difficulty
be in difficulty
&c.->Adj.
fish in troubled waters
buffet the waves
swim against the stream
scud under bare poles
GRP: \\ V \\ 3
Sgm: \\ V \\ 3 \\ Have much ado with
Have much ado with
have a hard time of it
Sgm: \\ V \\ 3 \\ come to the push
come to the push
come to the pinch
Sgm: \\ V \\ 3 \\ bear the brunt
bear the brunt
GRP: \\ V \\ 4
Sgm: \\ V \\ 4 \\ grope in the dark
grope in the dark
lose one's way
weave a tangled web
walk among eggs
GRP: \\ V \\ 5
Sgm: \\ V \\ 5 \\ get into a scrape
get into a scrape
&c.->N.
Sgm: \\ V \\ 5 \\ bring a hornet's nest about one's ears
bring a hornet's nest about one's ears
Sgm: \\ V \\ 5 \\ be put to one's shifts
be put to one's shifts
Sgm: \\ V \\ 5 \\ flounder
flounder
boggle
struggle
Sgm: \\ V \\ 5 \\ not know which way to turn
not know which way to turn
&c.(uncertain) 475
Sgm: \\ V \\ 5 \\ perdre son Latin
perdre son Latin
Sgm: \\ V \\ 5 \\ stick at
stick at
stick in the mud
stick fast
Sgm: \\ V \\ 5 \\ come to a stand
come to a stand
come to a deadlock
Sgm: \\ V \\ 5 \\ hold the wolf by the ears
hold the wolf by the ears
GRP: \\ V \\ 6
Sgm: \\ V \\ 6 \\ render difficult
render difficult
&c.->Adj.
Sgm: \\ V \\ 6 \\ enmesh
enmesh
encumber
embarrass
ravel
entangle
Sgm: \\ V \\ 6 \\ put a spoke in the wheel
put a spoke in the wheel
&c.(hinder) 706
Sgm: \\ V \\ 6 \\ lead a pretty dance
lead a pretty dance
PARAG:Difficulty->Adj
GRP: \\ Adj \\ 1
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 1 \\ difficult
difficult
not easy
hard
tough
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 1 \\ troublesome
troublesome
toilsome
irksome
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 1 \\ operose
operose
laborious
onerous
arduous
Herculean
formidable
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 1 \\ sooner said than done
sooner said than done
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 1 \\ more easily said than done
more easily said than done
GRP: \\ Adj \\ 2
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 2 \\ difficult to deal with
difficult to deal with
hard to deal with
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 2 \\ ill-conditioned
ill-conditioned
crabbed
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 2 \\ not to be handled with kid gloves
not to be handled with kid gloves
not made with rose water
GRP: \\ Adj \\ 3
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 3 \\ awkward
awkward
unwieldy
unmanageable
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 3 \\ intractable
intractable
stubborn
&c.(obstinate) 606
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 3 \\ perverse
perverse
refractory
plaguy
trying
thorny
rugged
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 3 \\ knotted
knotted
knotty
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 3 \\ invious|
invious|
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 3 \\ pathless
pathless
trackless
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 3 \\ labyrinthine
labyrinthine
&c.(convoluted) 248
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 3 \\ intricate
intricate
complicated
&c.(tangled) 59
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 3 \\ impracticable
impracticable
&c.(impossible) 471
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 3 \\ not feasible
not feasible
&c. 470
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 3 \\ desperate
desperate
&c.(hopeless) 859
GRP: \\ Adj \\ 4
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 4 \\ embarrassing
embarrassing
perplexing
&c.(uncertain) 475
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 4 \\ delicate
delicate
ticklish
critical
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 4 \\ beset with difficulties
beset with difficulties
full of difficulties
surrounded by difficulties
entangled by difficulties
encompassed with difficulties
GRP: \\ Adj \\ 5
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 5 \\ under a difficulty
under a difficulty
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 5 \\ in a box
in a box
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 5 \\ in difficulty
in difficulty
in hot water
in the suds
in a cleft stick
in a fix
in the wrong box
in a scrape
&c.->N.
in deep water
in a fine pickle
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 5 \\ in extremis
in extremis
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 5 \\ between two stools
between two stools
between Scylla and Charybdis
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 5 \\ surrounded by shoals
surrounded by shoals
surrounded by breakers
surrounded by quicksands
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 5 \\ at cross purposes
at cross purposes
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 5 \\ not out of the wood
not out of the wood
GRP: \\ Adj \\ 6
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 6 \\ reduced to straits
reduced to straits
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 6 \\ hard pressed
hard pressed
sorely pressed
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 6 \\ run hard
run hard
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 6 \\ pinched
pinched
put to it
straitened
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 6 \\ hard up
hard up
hard put to it
hard set
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 6 \\ put to one's shifts
put to one's shifts
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 6 \\ puzzled
puzzled
at a loss
&c.(uncertain) 475
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 6 \\ at the end of one's tether
at the end of one's tether
at one's wit's end
at a nonplus
at a standstill
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 6 \\ graveled
graveled
nonplussed
stranded
aground
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 6 \\ stuck fast
stuck fast
set fast
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 6 \\ up a tree
up a tree
at bay
aux abois
driven into a corner
driven from pillar to post
driven to extremity
driven to one's wit's end
driven to the wall
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 6 \\ au bout de son Latin
au bout de son Latin
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 6 \\ out of one's depth
out of one's depth
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 6 \\ thrown out
thrown out
GRP: \\ Adj \\ 7
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 7 \\ accomplished with difficulty
accomplished with difficulty
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 7 \\ hard-fought
hard-fought
hard-earned
PARAG:Difficulty->Adv
GRP: \\ Adv \\ 1
Sgm: \\ Adv \\ 1 \\ with difficulty
with difficulty
with much ado
Sgm: \\ Adv \\ 1 \\ hardly
hardly
&c.->Adj.
Sgm: \\ Adv \\ 1 \\ uphill
uphill
Sgm: \\ Adv \\ 1 \\ against the stream
against the stream
against the grain
Sgm: \\ Adv \\ 1 \\ d rebours
d rebours
Sgm: \\ Adv \\ 1 \\ invita Minerva
invita Minerva
Sgm: \\ Adv \\ 1 \\ in the teeth of
in the teeth of
Sgm: \\ Adv \\ 1 \\ at a pinch
at a pinch
upon a pinch
Sgm: \\ Adv \\ 1 \\ at long odds
at long odds

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  • difficulty — [n1] problem; situation requiring great effort adversity, arduousness, awkwardness, barricade, check, complication, crisis, crux, dead end, deadlock, deep water*, dilemma, distress, emergency, exigency, fix*, frustration, hardship, hazard,… …   New thesaurus

  • difficulty — late 14c., from O.Fr. difficulté, from L. difficultatem (nom. difficultas) difficulty, distress, poverty, from difficilis hard, from dis not, away from (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + facilis easy (see FACILE (Cf. facile)) …   Etymology dictionary

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