Another word for difficulty
Something difficult or in one's way
obstacle, obstruction, impediment, stumbling block, complication, problem, snag, hitch, hardship, rigor, adversity, misfortune, vicissitude, dilemma, hard job, struggle, Herculean task, labyrinth, maze, stone wall, barricade, predicament, plight, impasse, knot, knotty problem, thorny problem, challenge, quandary, frustration, quagmire, pass, quicksand, critical situation, crisis, pinch, trouble, embarrassment, entanglement, imbroglio, setback, cul-de-sac, dead end, blind alley, deadlock, mess, slough, paradox, puzzle, muddle, swamp, straits, financial embarrassment, squeeze, poser, crux, emergency, the matter, standstill, hindrance, bother, inconvenience, disadvantage, rub, perplexity, bar, trial, check, hazard, corner, hole, double bind, touchy situation, embarrassing situation, scrape, peck of troubles*, hot water*, hornet's nest*, can of worms*, pickle*, fix*, jam*, bind*, tight spot*, hard nut to crack*, tough nut to crack*, hard row to hoe*, hump*, crimp*, catch*, joker*, monkey wrench in the works*, deep water*, tough proposition*, horns of a dilemma*, Gordian knot*, the devil to pay*, hang-up*, toughie*; see also barrier, crisis, impediment 1, predicament, trouble 2.
Something mentally disturbing
trouble, distress, annoyance, to-do, ado, worry, weight, complication, oppression, depression, aggravation, perplexity, bafflement, anxiety, discouragement, embarrassment, burden, grievance, quandary, straits, exigency, irritation, strife, puzzle, responsibility, frustration, harassment, misery, pressure, stress, strain, care, charge, millstone, struggle, bother, headache*, hang-up*, stew*, where the shoe pinches*, pain*; see also sense 1; affliction.
The fact of being difficult
difficulty is applied to anything hard to contend with, without restriction as to nature, intensity, etc. the difficulty of learning to read, a life filled with great difficulties; hardship, stronger in connotation, suggests suffering, privation, or trouble that is extremely hard to bear the hardships of poverty; rigor suggests severe hardship but further connotes that it is imposed by external, impersonal circumstances beyond one's control the rigors of winter; vicissitude, a bookish word, suggests a difficulty that is likely to occur in the changeable course of something, often one inherent in a situation the vicissitudes of political lifewith difficulty
in the face of great odds, having a hard time, having a bad time, under a handicap, in spite of one's best efforts; with embarrassment.
Another word for difficultynoun
Something that obstructs progress and requires great effort to overcome:asperity, hardship, rigor, vicissitude (often used in plural). Idioms: a hard (or tough) nut to crack, a hard (or tough) row to hoe, heavy sledding. See easy
A difficult, often embarrassing situation or condition:box1, corner, deep water, dilemma, Dutch, fix, hole, hot spot, hot water, jam, plight1, predicament, quagmire, scrape, soup, trouble. (Informal) bind, pickle, spot. See easy
A state of disagreement and disharmony:clash, conflict, confrontation, contention, difference, disaccord, discord, discordance, dissension, dissent, dissentience, dissidence, dissonance, faction, friction, inharmony, schism, strife, variance, war, warfare. See conflict
A discussion, often heated, in which a difference of opinion is expressed:altercation, argument, bicker, clash, contention, controversy, debate, disagreement, dispute, fight, polemic, quarrel, run-in, spat, squabble, tiff, word (used in plural), wrangle. (Informal) hassle, rhubarb, tangle. See conflict