Difficulty synonyms

dĭf'ĭ-kŭl'tē, -kəl-
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An alley or passage shut off at one end
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A difficulty that has to be resolved or dealt with.
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(Medicine) A secondary disease, an accident, or a negative reaction occurring during the course of an illness and usually aggravating the illness.
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(Chess) A strong grip or stranglehold on a position that is difficult for the opponent to break.
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(Metalworking) The proportion of ore and flux to fuel, in the charge of a blast furnace.
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Anything complex or intricate; complication
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The definition of a challenge is an act of rebellion against someone or something.
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A difficulty that is likely to occur, esp. one that is inherent in a situation
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Something difficult or in one's way
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A physical situation in which it is easy to get lost:
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A wall made from stone.
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Something difficult or in one's way
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A state of uncertainty; perplexing situation or position; dilemma
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An impasse:
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A cause or condition of worry or irritation; trouble; fuss
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(Idiomatic) A troublesome situation; an issue whose resolution is difficult or contentious, but not necessarily complex.
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(Figuratively) A heavy responsibility that is difficult to bear.
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The quality or condition of being hard.
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A striving to win in competition; rivalry:
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A focused comparison:
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A thing hard to bear; specific cause of discomfort or suffering, as poverty, pain, etc.
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A harsh or trying circumstance; a hardship or difficulty:
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(Countable) An event that is adverse; calamity.
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An instance of this; unlucky accident; mishap; mischance
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The definition of a dilemma is a situation where there is no clear easy choice or answer.
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Something difficult or in one's way
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A strenuous effort in the face of difficulty:
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A usually improvised structure set up, as across a route of access, to obstruct the passage of an enemy or opponent.
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(Logic) That which is predicated; a category.
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A situation, especially a bad or unfortunate one.
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The definition of an impasse is something from which there is no escape or solution.
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A lump or knob in a thread, cord, etc., formed by passing one free end through a loop and drawing it tight, or by a tangle drawn tight
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Something difficult or in one's way
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A thing that frustrates
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(Figuratively) A perilous, mixed up and troubled situation; a hopeless tangle; a predicament.
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(Computing, slang) A password (especially one for a restricted-access website).
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Something difficult or in one's way
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A time of, or a state of affairs involving, great danger or trouble, often one which threatens to result in unpleasant consequences
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A distressing or difficult happening or situation
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Financial difficulty:
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A confused misunderstanding or disagreement
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A reversal, check, or interruption in progress; relapse; upset
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(Idiomatic) A path or strategy that goes nowhere or is blocked on one end.
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A standstill resulting from the action of equal and opposed forces; stalemate
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A quantity of food set on a table at one time; provision of food for a person or party for one meal; also, the food given to an animal at one time.
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A depression or hollow, usually filled with deep mud or mire.
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The definition of a paradox is something that seems contradictory or unbelievable, but may or may not be true.
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Something that baffles or confuses; an enigma:
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Mental confusion
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An area of low-lying land that is frequently flooded, especially one dominated by woody plants.
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Plural form of strait
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Something difficult or in one's way
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(Epigraphy) An impression of an inscription formed by pressing wet paper onto the surface and peeling off when dry.
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(UK) A particularly difficult question or puzzle.
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The definition of crux is the central point of something, or is something that seems impossible to solve.
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A condition of urgent need for action or assistance:
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Something difficult or in one's way
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Any person or thing that hinders; obstacle; impediment; obstruction
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Anything inconvenient
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Something that places one in an unfavorable condition or position:
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A substance or preparation applied by rubbing, especially:
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Something that is perplexed, or complicated
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Bar means something that stands in the way of something or keeps something from happening.
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The definition of a trial is a hearing in a court case, a test or a hardship.
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A check is the bill a person receives at a restaurant, or a paper order directing your bank to pay money to a third party from your bank account.
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(Archaic) Chance or an accident.
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A secret or secluded place; a remote or out of the way place; a nook.
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A gap, usually the valence band of an insulator or semiconductor, that would normally be filled with one electron. If an electron accelerated by a voltage moves into a gap, it leaves a gap behind it, and in this way the hole itself appears to move through the substance. Even though holes are in fact the absence of a negatively charged particle (an electron), they can be treated theoretically as positively charged particles, whose motion gives rise to electric current.
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A psychological impasse created when a person perceives that someone in a position of power is making contradictory demands, so that no response is appropriate.
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Something difficult or in one's way
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Something difficult or in one's way
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An awkward set of circumstances.
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Something difficult or in one's way
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Trouble; difficulty:
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A situation fraught with trouble, hostility, risk, etc.
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(Informal) An awkward or difficult situation; plight
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A difficult situation; a quandary or dilemma.
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(Informal) A difficult situation; predicament
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(Idiomatic) a difficult position
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Used other than as an idiom: see hard,‎ nut,‎ crack.
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(Idiomatic, by extension) A situation, person, group, etc. which is difficult to deal with.
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Something difficult or in one's way
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(UK, slang) A bad mood.
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Something made by or as if by crimping, as:
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A situation in which a desired outcome or solution is impossible to attain because of a set of inherently contradictory rules or conditions:
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A cunningly worded provision put into a law, legal document, etc. to make it different from what it seems to be
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Something difficult or in one's way
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Something difficult or in one's way
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Something difficult or in one's way
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(Gr. Legend, proper) A knot tied by King Gordius of Phrygia, which an oracle reveals will be undone only by the future master of Asia: Alexander the Great, failing to untie it, cuts the knot with his sword
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Something difficult or in one's way
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(Informal) Something that is tough, or difficult.
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Bodily dysfunction or discomfort caused by disease or injury:
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A thing or person that annoys
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A task that has been noted as one that must be completed, especially on a list.
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The definition of ado refers to a flurry of activity.
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The definition of a worry is something that causes you to feel uneasy or anxious, or a troubled state of mind.
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Oppressiveness; pressure:
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Oppression is defined as treating people unfairly, especially with overuse of government power.
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A mood disorder characterized usually by anhedonia, extreme sadness, poor concentration, sleep problems, loss of appetite, and feelings of guilt, helplessness, and hopelessness.
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A source of continuing, increasing irritation or trouble.
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(Uncountable) The state or result of being baffled, puzzled, or confused.
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A state of apprehension and fear resulting from the anticipation of a threatening event or situation. &diamf3; In psychiatry, a patient has an anxiety disorder &diamf3; if normal psychological functioning is disrupted or if anxiety persists without an identifiable cause.
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Anything that discourages
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The cause of hardship or harm.
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An urgent requirement; a pressing need:
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(Med.) An excessive response to stimulation in an organ or body part; specif., a condition of soreness or inflammation
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Conflict, sometimes violent, usually brief or limited in scope.
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Harassment is defined as chronically annoying or tormenting someone.
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A cause of such suffering; pain, sorrow, poverty, squalor, etc.
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A physical sensation produced by compression of a part of the body.
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A condition of metabolic or physiologic impairment in an organism, occurring usually in response to adverse events and capable of causing physical damage:
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The definition of a strain is a bodily injury due to overexertion or an excessive demand on resources.
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A pain or ache in the head.
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(Now historical) A heated bath-room or steam-room; also, a hot bath. [from 14th c.]
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Something mentally disturbing
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(Uncountable) The condition or fact of suffering or anguish especially mental, as opposed to pleasure; torment; distress; sadness; grief; solicitude; disquietude.
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The state of being arduous.
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The definition of intricacy is the quality or state of being complex, or showing a strong attention to detail.
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The condition of being laborious.
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The state or character of being strenuous; eagerness; earnestness; active zeal.
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The property of being rigorous, strictness.
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The state of being formidable
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The state or characteristic of of being onerous.
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The state or quality of being burdensome.
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The state or quality of being painful, of causing pain.
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(Uncountable) The state of being tough
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Trouble, bother, unwanted annoyances or problems.
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Reluctance is hesitation or unwillingness to do something.
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The property of being unwilling.
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Stop; pause; hesitation as to proceeding; suspense of decision or action; scruple.
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(Informal) Excessive or abusive criticism.
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Something that provides help, support, or relief, such as money or supplies:
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The definition of assistance is the act of helping or lending support.
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(Usually uncountable) One or more people employed to help in the maintenance of a house or the operation of a farm or enterprise.
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Ease is defined as comfort, relaxation and freedom from pain, stress or anxiety.
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A condition or feeling of pleasurable physical ease or relief from pain or stress:
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(Archaic) Good luck; good fortune; prosperity.
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(Now Rare) An impeding or being impeded; obstruction
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Something which causes pain, suffering, distress or agony.
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The definition of an objection is a statement of disapproval or a reason to dislike something.
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The definition of a cavil is a silly or petty objection.
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In constitutional law, an actual, definite, and concrete dispute over legal rights between parties with adverse interests wherein one party is seeking an adjudication of the dispute and specific relief of a conclusive nature. Also called case or controversy requirement. See also adversary proceeding.
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A conflict or difference of opinion.
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A quarrel
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A physical struggle; battle; combat
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Complication; difficulty; knotty situation, as in a play
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An unapparent source of trouble or danger; a hidden hazard:
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A dispute or disagreement, esp. one marked by anger and deep resentment
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Dexterity of speech or action; skill, talent. [from 16th c.]
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That which is released, untied or let go.
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A seat, compartment, or room on a public vehicle.
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A contract
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Public security and order:
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A state of agreement or orderly arrangement according to color, size, shape, etc.
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(Public safety, emergency medicine) Rescue of a trapped person in vehicle or machinery
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Gratification of the senses; sensual satisfaction
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The neurophysiological experience of satisfaction and being at ease in one's situation, body, and/or mind.
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(Uncountable) The state of being calm; tranquillity; silence.
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Pleasure or contentment derived from such gratification:
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A quality or knack of appropriate and pleasing expression in writing, speaking, painting, etc.
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Calm is defined as a state of peace and tranquility.
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The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.
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A slight projection from a surface; a point or bump.
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A trap or predicament.
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The people of the Netherlands.
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(Computing, graphical user interface) Part of a control that responds dynamically as the user moves the pointer over it, as for example in an image map.
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(UK, informal, often with "the") An unfortunate situation; trouble, problems (a fix, a mess); chaos.
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A locality; place
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(Military) A skirmish, a hostile encounter.
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The definition of a conflict is a fight or disagreement.
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A degree or amount by which things differ:
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A harsh or confused noise, as the sound of battle; clash; din
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(Music) Lack of harmony; dissonance.
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A difference of opinion; disagreement or, esp., discord as expressed in intense quarreling or wrangling, as within a group [dissension among party members]: often in dissension in the ranks, dissatisfaction with those in authority
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The rendering of a minority opinion in the decision of a law case
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A state of disagreement and disharmony
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The state of being dissident; dissent
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Faction is defined as a state of internal conflict within an organization, or to a small sect of a group that has broken off from or separated itself from a larger one.
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A force on objects or substances in contact with each other that resists motion of the objects or substances relative to each other. &diamf3; Static friction arises between two objects that are not in motion with respect to each other, as for example between a cement block and a wooden floor. It increases to counterbalance forces that would move the objects, up to a certain maximum level of force, at which point the objects will begin moving. It is measured as the maximum force the bodies will sustain before motion occurs. &diamf3; Kinetic friction arises between bodies that are in motion with respect to each other, as for example the force that works against sliding a cement block along a wooden floor. Between two hard surfaces, the kinetic friction is usually somewhat lower than the static friction, meaning that more force is required to set the objects in motion than to keep them in motion.
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An instance of such discord.
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The definition of a schism is a split of a group into different sections as a result of a difference in beliefs.
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(Accounting) The difference between the actual costs of production and the standard or expected costs
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A condition of active antagonism or contention:
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Conflict or struggle of any kind
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A vehement quarrel.
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A discussion in which there is disagreement; dispute; debate
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An angry quarrel; a squabble.
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A discussion involving opposing points; an argument.
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Polemic is a controversy, debate or dispute, or a person who is inclined to argue.
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(Informal) A quarrel, fight, etc.
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A brief argument, falling out, quarrel
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A noisy quarrel, often about a trivial matter.
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A slight quarrel; spat
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The act of wrangling.
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(Military) An RAF World War II code name for operations by aircraft (fighters and fighter bombers) seeking opportunity targets.
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(Informal) An argument or altercation.
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Something that obstructs progress and requires great effort to overcome
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The state or quality of being difficult.
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The definition of an obstacle is something that gets in the way or that slows or stops progress.
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The act of obstructing:
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An obstacle or impediment.
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Any sharp protuberant part of an object, which may catch, scratch, or tear other objects brought into contact with it.
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A hindrance; obstacle; entanglement
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The definition of a labyrinth is a confusing maze or a confusing situation where it is difficult to know which direction to take.
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Anything that pulls one down or buries one metaphorically
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An awkward situation of some kind (especially money or social) which is difficult to escape.
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Synonym Study

  • 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 life
  • Rigor suggests severe hardship but further connotes that it is imposed by external, impersonal circumstances beyond one's control the rigors of winter
  • Hardship , stronger in connotation, suggests suffering, privation, or trouble that is extremely hard to bear the hardships of poverty
  • 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
Find another word for difficulty. In this page you can discover 221 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for difficulty, like: blind alley, problem, complication, bind, burden, complexity, challenge, vicissitude, Herculean task, maze and stone-wall.