difficulty difficulty  /ˈdɪ fə kəl ti/


  1. (n) an effort that is inconvenient
  2. (n) a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result
  3. (n) a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome
  4. (n) the quality of being difficult



  1. West Germany's Heinrich von Bren-tano put the difficulty in bold terms.
  2. It's difficult to explain the story of Halo but that difficulty is in itself worthy of note.


  1. Does Syria Mean the End of the Responsibility to Protect?

    The crisis underscores the difficulty of reconciling humanitarian ideals with geopolitical concerns.        
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Atlantic

  2. NEWS: Yarn Yoshi Status Discussed

    Takashi Tezuka gives a brief status update for the game including comments on difficulty. Nintendo's Takashi Tezuka has briefly spoken about the status of the Wii U Yoshi game, Yarn Yoshi, in a recent interview. His explanation of why the game was absent this week was that it is not in a state that Nintendo feels is ready to be shown. He also touched upon why Good-Feel was chosen as the ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Nintendo World Report

  3. 7 Reasons You Might Want to Go for Another Cup of Coffee

    Whether you call it java, joe, mud, or a cuppa, one hundred million of us drink coffee every day. Sixty percent of us say we have difficulty starting our day without coffee. It’s a $30 billion business here in the United States, and for good reason: Coffee drinkers love its taste (whether black or “light and sweet”), swear by its mind-sharpening attributes, and can attest to its addictive nature ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Takepart.com via Yahoo! News


  1. "He impressed me as a leader who wanted to be strong but was having difficulty figuring out how to do so," Hadley said in a text of the memo published by the Times.
    on Nov 28, 2006 By: Stephen Hadley Source: Reuters.uk

  2. Meeting with voters in a factory, McCain said a citizen who had just lost a job "isn't suffering from a mental recession. America is in great difficulty. And we are experiencing enormous economic challenges as well as others,"
    on Jul 9, 2008 By: John McCain Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "Difficulty is no excuse for complacency," said Mr. Obama. "Unease is no excuse for inaction. And we must not allow the perfect to become the enemy of progress."
    on Sep 23, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: National Post

Word of the Day
untenable untenable
/ən ˈtɛ nə bəl /