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Another word for difficulty

  1. Something that obstructs progress and requires great effort to overcome

      1. A condition of constant change or alternation, as a natural process; mutability
      2. Unpredictable changes or variations that keep occurring in life, fortune, etc.; shifting circumstances; ups and downs
      3. A usually unforeseen change in circumstance or experience that affects one's life, especially in a trying way:
      1. A standard or exacting requirement, as of a field of study:
      2. (Medicine) Shivering or trembling, as caused by a chill.
      3. Extreme hardship or difficulty
      1. The condition of lacking necessities or comforts; privation or suffering.
      2. Hard circumstances of life
      3. A thing hard to bear; specific cause of discomfort or suffering, as poverty, pain, etc.
      1. Harshness of manner; ill temper or irritability.
      2. Roughness or harshness, as of surface, sound, weather, etc. or of circumstances
      3. Severity; rigor.
  2. A difficult, often embarrassing situation or condition

      1. A small area of different color or texture from the main area of which it is a part; often, a mark made by some foreign matter; stain, blot, speck, patch, etc.
      2. The number of points, etc. assigned by gamblers to one side in a contest, in an attempt to equalize betting on both sides
      3. (Informal) A spot advertisement or announcement
      1. A solution of brine or vinegar, often spiced, for preserving and flavoring food.
      2. A chemical bath used to clear metal of scale, preserve wood, etc.
      3. (Scotland) A bit, small quantity
      1. A troublesome situation; a problem; a predicament or quandary.
      2. (Chess) A strong grip or stranglehold on a position that is difficult for the opponent to break.
      3. (Informal) A difficult, restrictive, or unresolvable situation:
      1. Effort, especially when inconvenient or bothersome:
      2. A person, circumstance, or event that causes annoyance, distress, difficulty, etc.
      3. A state of distress, affliction, difficulty, or need:
      1. (Slang) Something having the appearance or a consistency suggestive of soup, especially:
      2. A liquid food prepared from meat, fish, or vegetable stock combined with various other ingredients and often containing solid pieces.
      3. A liquid food, with or without solid particles, made by cooking meat, vegetables, fish, etc. in water, milk, or the like
      1. An embarrassing or difficult predicament.
      2. A fight or conflict
      3. A disagreeable or embarrassing situation; predicament, esp. when caused by one's own conduct
      1. Wet, boggy ground, yielding under the foot
      2. A difficult or inextricable position
      3. (Figuratively) A perilous, mixed up and troubled situation; a hopeless tangle; a predicament.
      1. (Archaic) category
      2. (Logic) One of the basic states or classifications described by Aristotle into which all things can be placed; a category.
      3. A situation, especially an unpleasant, troublesome, or trying one, from which extrication is difficult.
      1. A solemn pledge, as of faith.
      2. A condition or state of affairs; esp., now, an awkward, sad, or dangerous situation
      3. A situation, especially a bad or unfortunate one.
      1. A food made by boiling fruit with sugar to a thick mixture
      2. A crush or congestion of people or things in a limited space:
      3. A group of persons or things so close together as to jam a passageway, etc.
      1. Trouble; difficulty:
      2. Used other than as an idiom: see hot,‎ water.
      3. (Informal) Trouble; difficulty
      1. (Comput.) A building, business, or locality where wireless access to the Internet is provided or is available
      2. (Informal) An area of actual or potential trouble or violence
      3. Any place regarded as a center for a specified activity or interest
      1. (Physics) A vacant position in an atom left by the absence of a valence electron, especially a position in a semiconductor that acts as a carrier of positive electric charge.
      2. A small, dingy, squalid place; any dirty, badly lighted room, house, etc.
      3. An opening or perforation:
      1. The position, as of a ship or aircraft, determined by visual observations with the aid of equipment.
      2. An instance of arranging a special consideration, such as an exemption from a requirement, or an improper or illegal outcome, especially by means of bribery.
      3. A clear determination or understanding:
      1. The Pennsylvania Dutch.
      2. The people of the Netherlands.
      3. The official West Germanic language of the Netherlands and one of the official languages of Belgium.
      1. Any serious problem
      2. A situation that requires a choice between options that are or seem equally unfavorable or unsatisfactory.
      3. Any situation in which one must choose between unpleasant alternatives
      1. Waters suitable for deep-draft ships, especially ocean-going.
      2. (Idiomatic) A difficult or embarrassing situation.
      1. The area enclosed or bounded by an angle formed in this manner:
      2. A threatening or embarrassing position from which escape is difficult:
      3. (--- Baseball) Either side of home plate, toward or away from the batter.
      1. (Chiefly British) A small country house used as a sporting lodge:
      2. The contents or capacity of a box
      3. A slap or blow with the hand or fist:
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  3. A state of disagreement and disharmony

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  4. A discussion, often heated, in which a difference of opinion is expressed

      1. (Informal) An argument or altercation.
      2. An intertwisted, confused mass of things, as string, branches, etc.; snarl
      3. (Informal) A fight, quarrel, or argument
      1. Any of a genus (Rheum) of perennial, large-leaved plants of the buckwheat family; esp., the domestic pieplant (R. rhaponticum), having large, cordate leaf blades borne on long, thick stalks: the stalks are cooked into a sauce or baked in pies, but the blades are poisonous
      2. A preparation made from the dried rhizomes and roots of any of several plants of the genus Rheum, especially R. palmatum or R. officinale of East Asia, used as a laxative.
      3. (Informal) A quarrel, fight, or heated discussion.
      1. A troublesome situation
      2. Trouble; bother.
      3. An argument or a fight.
      1. The act of wrangling.
      2. An angry, noisy argument or dispute.
      1. Discourse or talk; speech:
      2. A command or direction; an order:
      3. An assurance or promise; sworn intention:
      1. A petty quarrel.
      2. A slight quarrel; spat
      3. A little drink of weak liquor or punch
      1. A noisy, petty quarrel or dispute; wrangle
      2. A noisy quarrel, often about a trivial matter.
      1. A gaiterlike covering for the instep and ankle, usually of heavy cloth
      2. (Informal) A brief, petty quarrel or dispute
      3. A larva of an oyster or similar bivalve that has settled by attaching to a surface.
      1. An encounter; a scrape or brush; especially one involving trouble or difficulty.
      2. A quarrel or argument.
      3. (Informal) A quarrel, fight, etc.
      1. A reason for a dispute or argument:
      2. An angry dispute; an altercation.
      3. A dispute or disagreement, esp. one marked by anger and deep resentment
      1. A controversial argument, especially one refuting or attacking a specific opinion or doctrine.
      2. An argument or controversial discussion
      3. A person engaged in or inclined to controversy, argument, or refutation.
      1. Power or readiness to fight; pugnacious spirit
      2. A confrontation between opposing groups in which each attempts to harm or gain power over the other, as with bodily force or weapons.
      3. A quarrel or conflict:
      1. (Obs.) A fight
      2. A verbal controversy; a debate.
      3. A disputing; argument; debate
      1. Refusal to agree or comply
      2. Failure to agree; difference; incongruity; discrepancy
      3. A quarrel or dispute
      1. Deliberation; consideration:
      2. A discussion involving opposing points; an argument.
      3. Discussion or consideration of opposing reasons; argument about or deliberation on a question
      1. A quarrel or dispute
      2. A dispute, especially a public one, between sides holding opposing views.
      3. The act or practice of engaging in such disputes:
      1. A striving to win in competition; rivalry:
      2. A statement or point that one argues for as true or valid
      3. The act of contending; strife, struggle, controversy, dispute, quarrel, etc.
      1. A violent conflict or confrontation.
      2. A sharp disagreement; conflict
      3. A loud, harsh noise, such as that made by two metal objects in collision.
      1. (Archaic) A skirmish or quarrel
      2. An angry quarrel; a squabble.
      3. A small wooden vessel made of staves and hoops, like a tub.
      1. A set of statements in which one follows logically as a conclusion from the others.
      2. (--- Archaic) A reason or matter for dispute or contention:
      3. (Linguistics) A word, phrase, or clause in a semantic relation with a word or phrase and that helps complete the meaning of that word or phrase, such as a noun phrase that is the object of a verb. The clause that we go is an argument of the verb suggest in the sentence I suggest that we go.
      1. A vehement quarrel.
      2. An angry or heated argument
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Another word for difficulty

  1. Something difficult or in one's way