difficult difficult  /ˈdɪ fə kəlt/


  1. (adj) not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure
  2. (adj) hard to control



  1. What is much more difficult are advances in the life sciences and the way in which we can master human biology.
  2. Storms tend to run on multi-decadal cycles, so it's difficult to tell from year to year whether the number of hurricanes is really on the rise.
  3. Defining an addiction can be as difficult as breaking the habbits that satisfy your endless cravings.


  1. Lupus can be difficult to diagnose

    Autoimmune diseases, like lupus, can be difficult to diagnose. For this edition of Healthy Living, YNN met with lupus patient Nono Osuji and SLE Lupus Foundation Executive Director Margaret Dowd, who said patients can wait three to four years for a diagnosis.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: YNN Rochester

  2. Obama, Putin face difficult talks on Syria at G8 conference

    By Roberta Rampton and Peter Apps WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After authorizing U.S. weapons for rebels in Syria, President Barack Obama faces difficult talks on ending the civil war there when he meets next week with the Syrian government's most powerful ally: Russian President Vladimir Putin. The pair will hold their first private, face-to-face meeting in a year on Monday at the G8 conference in ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  3. American Dream 'Much More Difficult' Today, Perry Ellis CEO Says

    “It would be much more difficult to create today [an apparel] company out of nowhere,” says George Feldenkreis, chairman and CEO of Perry Ellis International.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: DailyTicker via Yahoo! Finance


  1. "War is bigger than any one man or woman, whether a private, a general or president," Obama said. "As difficult as it is to lose Gen McChrystal, I believe it is the right decision for national security."
    on Jun 23, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: Indian Express

  2. Villa said: "It was one of my best goals because it got us through to the next round. I keep scoring so we can keep going. We never lost our confidence. We're taking it step by step. Here we have left a very difficult rival behind. We know the...
    on Jun 29, 2010 By: David Villa Source: The Sun

  3. "The first half was really difficult for us. We were 1-0 behind, a great save by our goalkeeper on Kaka kept us there," Sneijder said. "At halftime we said to each other that we had to improve things and put more pressure on the Brazilian...
    on Jul 6, 2010 By: Wesley Sneijder Source: Salamanca Press

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