noun, plural dif·fi·cul·ties.

  1. the fact or condition of being difficult.
  2. Often difficul·ties. an embarrassing situation, especially of financial affairs.
  3. a trouble or struggle.
  4. a cause of trouble, struggle, or embarrassment.
  5. a disagreement or dispute.
  6. reluctance; unwillingness.
  7. a demur; objection.
  8. something that is hard to do, understand, or surmount; an impediment or obstacle.

noun plural -ties

  1. the state or quality of being difficult
  2. a task, problem, etc, that is hard to deal with
  3. (often plural) a troublesome or embarrassing situation, esp a financial one
  4. a dispute or disagreement
  5. (often plural) an objection or obstaclehe always makes difficulties
  6. a trouble or source of trouble; worry
  7. lack of ease; awkwardnesshe could run only with difficulty

late 14c., from Old French difficulté, from Latin difficultatem (nominative difficultas) “difficulty, distress, poverty,” from difficilis “hard,” from dis- “not, away from” (see dis-) + facilis “easy” (see facile).

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