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difficult [ 'difikəlt] a.困难的;难对付的

difficult [ 'difikəlt] a.难以满足的

difficult a.(艰)难的;不易相处的

众口难调 It is difficult to cater to all tastes.; One man's meat is another man's poison.

Moreover, children will have less time to play and communicate with their peers due to extra studies, consequently, it is difficult to develop and cultivate their character and interpersonal skills. They may become more solitary and even suffer from certain mental illness.
而且,由于要额外地学习,孩子们没有多少时间和同龄的孩子玩耍和交流,很难培养他们的个性和交际能力。他们可能变得孤僻甚至产生某些心理疾病。

All things are difficult before they are easy.
凡事必先难后易。

No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious.
最难回答的问题是答案明显的问题。

The more alternative, the more difficult the choice.
可选择的东西越多,就越难选择。

Envy is more difficult to eliminate than hate between two people.
在两个人之间,忌妒比仇恨更难消除。

Everybody who plays an instrument, even a little, understands music in a difficult way from somebody who has never felt the thrill of making music himself?
每个演奏乐器的人,哪怕只会一点点,理解音乐的方式都与从未感受过自己奏出音乐的激动的人不同。

It's difficult to keep one's balance on an icy street.
在结冰的街道上保持平衡是不容易的。

However difficult it is, the problem must be settled in some way.
不管怎么困难, 这个问题必须以某种方式加以解决。

You would be amazed (at / by) how difficult the job was.
你要是知道那件任务有多难, 你会大吃一惊的。

He finds it difficult to hide his envy of his brother's success.
他很难掩饰对自己兄弟成功的妒忌。

She had a difficult time persuading him to accept the job.
她好不容易劝说他接受了那份工作。

It's difficult to find a solution to this problem.
很难找到一个解决这个问题的办法。

Let me give another example to illustrate this difficult point.
我再举个例子说明这个难点。

It is difficult to find a solution to this question.
这个问题很难找到解决办法。

This question is peculiarly difficult.
这个问题特别难。

This book is peculiarly difficult.
这本书特别难。

It is difficult to understand the concept of endless space.
要理解浩瀚宇宙的概念是很难的。

It took them a long time to arrive at a very difficult decision.
他们花了很长时间才作出了一个艰难的决定。

Some people think that it is difficult to prove the existence of the unconscious mind.
有人认为难以证实潜意识的存在。

This is a huge project, but we have a lot of volunteers for the most difficult work.
这是一个大项目,但我们拥有许多志愿者来承担其中最困难的工作。

As time went on, he found it more and more difficult to support his family.
随着时间的推移,他发现养家越来越困难了。

It's difficult to apply oneself to an uninteresting task.
要让自己完成一项无趣的任务是很难的。

It is difficult to cross the desert by car, but not absolutely impossible.
开车穿越沙漠很难,但并非完全不可能。

Learning a foreign language was one of the most difficult yet most rewarding experiences of my life.
学习外语是我一生中最艰苦也是最有意义的经历。

It is difficult to communicate with my grandmother because she is deaf.
与祖母交流很困难,因为她耳聋.

Crime is a difficult problem in many cities.
犯罪在许多城市都是令人头痛的问题。

The ground was so dry that it was difficult to see where the river had been previously.
土太干燥了,很难看出原先河水流经的地方。

In the context of late 19th century Italy, it was difficult to be both a practicing Christian and a political official.
在十九世纪的意大利,既想当基督徒又想从政是很难的。

He posed a difficult question to me.
他问了我一个很难的问题。

He posed a difficult question to me.
他问了我一个很难的问题。

The story is a little bit difficult for me.
这故事对我来说有点儿难。

He's so lazy that it's difficult to assess his ability.
他懒得很,很难对他的能力作出评估。

The government’s target of 3.5% growth per year seems difficult to meet.
政府每年增长3.5%的目标似乎很难达到。

The company is going through a very difficult period.
公司正处于十分困难的时期。

It is difficult to divorce political affairs from sport.
把体育和政治完全分开是很困难的。

She found it difficult to set up a new routine after the end of her career.
她发现退休后很难建立起新的生活规律。

The paint will be difficult to strip off.
这层漆面很难除去。

I'd like to thank my friends who stuck by me during the difficult times.
我想感谢我的朋友,他们在我困难的时候支持了我。

She knew it would be difficult to undo the damage that had been done.
她知道很难消除已经造成的损害。

It wasn't difficult then to cross the frontier.
那时穿越边界并不困难。

I have to come to grips with this difficult problem.
我得对付这个难题。

Coming out while you were poised unsteadily on the icy, springy brush they made difficult shooting and I killed two, missed five, and started back pleased to have found a covey to the house and happy there were so many left to find on another day.
(我)出来的时候在冰冷多刺的灌木丛里不太安稳地待着,他们打得很困难,我打到了两只、跑了五只,回来的时候我看到房子边还有一群,很高兴它们留下来的下次好打。

The family is a co-operative enterprise for which it is difficult to lay down rules, because each family, needs to work out its own ways for solving its own problems.
家庭就像是一个合作式的企业一样,很难制定统一的规则,因为每个家庭都需要自己的独特的解决问题的办法。

The trouble is that it is extremely difficult to be sure about radiation damage –--a person may feel perfectly well, but the cells of his or her sex organs may be damaged, and this will not be discovered until the birth of deformed children or even grandchildren.
问题是很难明确辐射的伤害—一个人可能感觉良好,但他(她)的性器官细胞可能受到损伤,而且有些直到生下畸形儿甚至是畸形孙儿才会被发现。

I must admit, it's more difficult than I thought it would be.
我必须承认,这比我想象的要困难得多。

I think he conducted himself admirably, considering the difficult circumstances.
考虑到那种困难的情况,我认为他的表现令人钦佩。

It was difficult for us to decide which road to take.
对我们来说,很难决定走哪一条路。

He found it difficult to stop smoking.
他觉得戒烟是件难事。

I know from my own experience how difficult the work can be.
从我自己的经验我明白这项工作会有多难。

The far side of the moon is difficult for us to observe.
我们很难观察月亮的另一边。

You place me in a very difficult position.
你使我非常为难。

It's difficult to tell Jean from Joan; they look so alike.
琴和琼很难分得出来,她们长得太像了。

他这人很难对付。
He's a difficult man to deal with. *deal with“处理、对待(人或事)”。
He's hard to deal with.
He's hard to put up with. (他让人难以忍受。)

他是个难以捉摸的人。
He's very vague. *vague“不可捉摸”、“不清楚的”、“不明确的”。
He's very vague. (他是个难以捉摸的人。)
He's just like my brother. (和我弟弟一样。)
He is difficult to understand. (他真让人难以理解。)
He isn't very clear. (他让人不易琢磨。)

怎么说呢。
It's difficult to say. *用于难以立刻回答时。
Is your boss nice to you? (你的老板对你好吗?)
It's difficult to say. (怎么说呢。)
It's hard to say.

有点儿难哦。
It's a little hard.
It's kind of difficult.

你可以的!
You can do it!
This machine is too difficult to operate. (这台机器很难操作。)
You can do it! (你可以的!)

It must be rather difficult for us to push any sales if we buy it at this price.
如果我们按这个价格购买,将很能难推销。

All things are difficult before they are easy.
凡事都是先难后易。

It is easy to learn something about everything, but difficult to learn everything about anything.
对每一件事知道一些是容易的,对任何一件事详细知道是困难的。

Nothing is difficult to a man who wills.
世上无难事,只怕有心人。

Nothing is impossible (or difficult) to the man who will try.
天下无难事,只怕不努力。

The three things most difficult are, to keep a secret, to forget an injury, and to make good use of labour.
三件事最困难∶保守秘密,忘却伤害和善用精力。

To acquire wealth is difficult, to preserve it more difficult, but to spend it wisely most difficult of all.
积财难,守财最难,而聪明地散财最难。

Textile business has become more and more difficult since the competition grew.
随着竞争的加剧,纺织品贸易越来越难做了。

A It’s difficult deciding on a future career.
A 决定将来的事业是一件很难的事情。
B What do you mean?
B 你的意思是?
A Just now, I’m not sure what kind of work I like.
A 目前,我不太确定我喜欢做什么工作。
B I suppose there are lots of different paths you could take.
B 我想你有很多条路可以选择。
A Yes, to some degree. But I’m just not sure which is the best. I don’t want to work in an office all my life.
A 是的,在某种程度上是这样。但是我不太确定哪个是最好的选择。我不想一辈子在办公室里工作。
B The best thing is to try various jobs and see which you like most.
B 最好的办法是尝试各种工作,看看你最喜欢哪一个。

A What’s the best way to go there and see the Olympic site?
A 去看奥运会址的最好方式是什么?
B If you drive, get on the Third Ring Road and head north.
B 如果你开车,就上三环路然后向北。
A And then I should find it easily?
A 然后我就应该很容易找到它吗?
B Yes, keep driving and just follow the signs. It won’t be difficult.
B 是的,一直按着指示牌向前开。不会很难。
A But remember, there will be Olympic events all over the city. The football will be at the Worker’s Stadium, for instance.
A 但是别忘了,北京各处都将举行奥运比赛。例如,足球赛将在工人体育场举行。
B I can’t wait for it to start. Beijing is going to be so exciting during the Olympics.
B 我都等不及奥运会的召开了。奥运会期间北京将是一片欢腾的景象。

A Is it difficult to pass the test and get a licence?
A 通过考试获得驾驶执照难吗?
B Yes, it can be quite tough. You don’t always pass the test first time.
B 是的,会相当不容易。不是每个人都能一次通过考试 。
A Do you go to a special driving school for lessons?
A 你去专门的驾驶学校上课吗?
B Yes, and it’s not cheap. But I really want to learn.
B 是的,而且学费不便宜。但是我确实想去学。
A I can understand that. Everybody wants to drive.
A 我能理解。每个人都想开车。
B It would make such a big difference to my life, especially going to work everyday.
B 学会开车对我的生活将带来很大的变化,尤其是对每天上班来说。

A Ah, good morning, Mr. Clark. You're leaving today.
A 啊,早晨好,克拉克先生。您今天要离开。
B That's right. I'll settle my bill after breakfast.
B 是的。我吃过早饭就结账。
A Very well.
A 很好。
B And I'd like to make a booking for the Olympics next year.
B 我想为明年召开的奥运会预订房间。
A An excellent idea. Very soon it will be difficult to get a hotel room in Beijing!
A 好主意。很快在北京就将很难订到房间了。
B Yes, I know. Do you have any rooms free in the middle of August?
B 是的,我知道。你们8月中旬有空余的房间吗?
A Right, Mr. Clark. I've booked your favourite room.
A 是的。克拉克先生。我已经为您预订了您最喜欢的房间。
B Thank you. Are you looking forward to the Olympics?
B 谢谢你。你期待着奥运会的召开吗?

A Hi, Yanjing. Can we have a word?
A 你好,燕静。我们能谈一下吗?
B Yes, but this week is difficult. I have meetings all day today and Thursday and Friday.
B 是的,但是这周很难。今天和周四、周五我整天都开会。
B And a big meeting early next week.
B 下周初还有一个大型的会。
A When's your meeting next week?
A 你下周什么时间开会?
B It's on Tuesday. Tuesday morning.
B 周二,周二上午。
A Right. Can we get together on Monday?
A 对。我们周一能聚一下吗?
B Fine. Monday afternoon is good for me. What time?
B 可以,我周一下午合适。什么时间聚?

A Are you having difficulty with your chopsticks?
A 你用筷子有困难吗?
B I'm sorry. I haven't used chopsticks very often.
B 很抱歉。我不经常用筷子。
A Let me show you how to hold them.
A 让我示范给你看。
B Like this? Oh, dear, I've dropped one. It’s quite difficult when you are not used to them.
B 像这样?噢,天哪!我弄掉了一只。当你不习惯用筷子的时候这太难了。
A Never mind, we'll get some more.
A 不必介意。我们再多要一些。
B I'm sorry. I hope I'm not rude but could I have a knife and fork, do you think?
B 对不起。我希望我这样说不算无礼,我可以要一副刀叉吗?

A You've been to a lot of restaurants here. Do you have a favourite?
A 你已经去过了这里的许多家餐馆。你有最喜欢的吗?
B That's a difficult question. There are so many good restaurants.
B 这是一个很难回答的问题。这里有如此之多的餐馆。
A But you must have a favourite. I definitely have a favourite.
A 但是你一定有自己最喜欢的。我有自己最喜欢的。
B OK. Tell me your favourite.
B 好吧。告诉我你最喜欢的是哪家。
A I really liked The Blue Lotus Thai restaurant. I thought the food was brilliant – and the staff was very friendly.
A 我非常喜欢蓝莲花泰国餐馆。我认为那里的饭菜一流——而且员工都非常友好。
B Yes, I think that's one of my favourites, too.
B 是的,我也认为那是我最喜欢的餐馆之一。

A What’s the best way to see the Olympic site?
A 从哪里看奥运会场址最好?
B If you take a taxi or drive, go north round the Third Ring Road. Follow the signs.
B 如果你乘出租车或者自己开车,向北绕三环走。按照路牌的指示走就可以。
A And then I should see it easily?
A 那样我就可以很容易看到奥运会场址吗?
B Yes. It won’t be difficult. You can’t miss it.
B 是的。不难。你一定会看到的。
A I must try and get tickets for the events. I’d love to see it.
A 我一定要设法弄到观看比赛的票。我非常想看比赛。
B Me too. I can’t wait for it to start.
B 我也是。我都迫不及待奥运会的召开了。

A I like that handbag. I like the style.
A 我喜欢这个手提包。我喜欢它的样式。
B How about the colour? You can get different colours.
B 那颜色呢?你可能选择不同的颜色。
A It’s a difficult choice, but I think I like the red bag.
A 非常难的选择,但是我想我更喜欢红色的。
B Yes, that looks good. It looks better than the other colours.
B 是啊,它是很好看。它看起来比其他颜色更显眼。

A You've been to a lot of restaurants here. Do you have a favourite?
A 你去过这附近的很多餐厅。你有最喜欢的吗?
B That's a difficult question. There are so many good restaurants.
B 这是个很难回答的问题。那里有很多很好的餐厅。
A I really like the Mongolian Hotpot restaurant. I thought the food was brilliant – and the staff were very friendly.
A 我很喜欢那家蒙古火锅。我记得那里的食物真是棒极了-服务员也非常友善。
B Yes, I think that's one of my favourites, too.
B 是呀。那也是我最喜欢的餐厅之一。

A I wouldn’t like to drive in Beijing. It’s so busy.
A 我不想在北京开车。这里太繁忙了。
B It’s busy in the rush hours, but it’s the same as any big city.
B 在高峰期时确实如此,但是在每个大城市都会有这种情况。
A There’s so many cars. It looks difficult to drive here.
A 那里有太多汽车了。看起来就很难开。
B I suppose so. You have to be very careful in Beijing traffic.
B 我猜是。面对北京的交通状况你必须非常小心。

Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly ever acquire the skill to do
difficult things easily.
Friedrich Schiller. Greman dramatist and poet
只有有耐心圆满完成简单工作的人,才能够轻而易举地完成困难的事。
德国剧作家、诗人席勒.F.

If rich, it is easy enough to conceal our wealth, but, if poor, it is not so easy to conceal our poverty. We shall find it less difficult to hide a thousand guineas, than one hole in our coat.
Charles C. Colton, British clergyman
如果富有,藏富很容易;如果贫穷,掩饰贫穷却很难。我们不难发现隐藏1000个金币比遮盖衣服上的一个破洞来得容易。
英国画妆师科尔顿.C.C

Poverty is an abnormality to rich people. It is very difficult to make out why people who want dinner do not ring the bell.
Walter Bagehot, Buetish economist
对于富人来说,贫穷是不可理解的异常现象:他们怎么也弄不明白,那些想要吃饭的人,为什么不摇铃让人送来呢?
英国经济学家巴杰特.W.

The more you fight something, the more anxious you become ---the more you're involved in a bad pattern, the more difficult it is to escape.
Seebohm Caroline, British Physician
你越是为了解决问题而拼斗,你就越变得急躁——在错误的思路中陷得越深,也越难摆脱痛苦。
英国医生卡罗琳S

Singularity is almost invariably a clue. The more featureless and commonplace a crime is , the more difficult is it to bring it home.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, British writer 
奇特几乎总能提供一种线索。一种犯罪越是普通,越是不具特点,就越难以查明。
英国作家柯南?道尔爵士A 

Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive ; easy to govern but imposible to slave.
Brougham, British statesman 
教育使一个民族容易领导,但是难于驱使;容易管理,却不可能奴役。
英国政治家布罗马汉姆

He wakes during the night or early morning and finds it difficult to fall asleep again.
他晚间或清早醒来后,再也不能入睡。

His breathing has become increasingly difficult.
他呼吸越来越困难。

It’s not bad. 还行。
It’s not difficult. 不难.

There are two very difficult things in the world. one is to make a name for oneself and the other is to keep it.
世界上有两件事情很不一样,扬名立万和保持声誉。

It is difficult to grant your request.
你方的要求难于照办。

It is difficult to quote without full details.
未说明详尽细节难以报价。

别扭 difficult; unnatural; awkward

聱 [áo] /difficult to pronounce/

别 [biè] /contrary/difficult/awkward/

别扭 [biè niu ] /(adj) difficult; uncomfortable/(adj) disagreeable/

不易 [bú yì] /not easy to do sth./difficult/

不在话下 [bù zài huà xià] /be nothing difficult/be a cinch/

出路 [chū lù] /a way out (of a difficult situation, etc)/

度日 [dù rì] /scratch out a difficult, meager existence/

多麽 [duō me ] /how (wonderful, etc)/what (a great idea, etc)/however (difficult it may be, etc)/

孤掌难鸣 [gū zhǎng nán míng] /It's hard to clap with only one hand./It takes two to tango/It's difficult to achieve anything without support./

过不去 [guò bu qù] /make life difficult for/embarrass/can't make it through/

佶 [jí] /difficult to pronounce/

艰 [jiān] /difficult/hard/hardship/

艰巨 [jiān jù] /very difficult (task)/

艰苦 [jiān kù] /difficult/hard/arduous/

艰难 [jiān nán] /difficult/

艰险 [jiān xiǎn] /(adj) difficult and dangerous/

狼狈 [láng bèi] /(adj) in a difficult situation/

难 [nán] /difficult (to...)/problem/difficulty/difficult/not good/

难捱 [nán ái] /trying, difficult/

难保 [nán bǎo] /to be difficult to protect/difficult to protect/

难关 [nán guān] /(n) difficult point; crisis/

难免 [nán miǎn] /(adj) difficult to avoid or escape from/

难题 [nán tí] /difficult problem/

为难 [wéi nán] /make things difficult for/

严竣 [yán jùn] /tight/strict/severe/stern/difficult/

疑难 [yí nán] /(adj) difficult to solve; complicated/

幽静 [yōu jìng] /(adj) remote; secluded/(adj) hidden place; difficult to find/

屯 [zhūn] /difficult/stingy/

自拔 [zì bá] /free oneself/extricate oneself from a difficult situation/

"As soon as that report runs, we'll suddenly get 500 new internet sign-ups from Ukraine," says Friedman, a former political science professor.
“一旦这个报道发布,我们将从乌克兰突然新增500个浏览用户,”弗莱德曼,一位前政治科学教授说,“我们将听到其中一些人的回应。
"And we'll hear back from some of them." Open-source spying does have its risks, of course, since it can be difficult to tell good information from bad. That's where Straitford earns its keep.
”当然公开来源的谍报活动的确有它的风险,因为很难区分正确与错误的信息。这正是司特雷福公司挣饭吃的地方。

When a new movement in art attains a certain fashion, it is advisable to find out what its advocates are aiming at, for, however farfetched and unreasonable their principles may seem today, it is possible that in years to come they may be regarded as normal.
当一场新的艺术运动形成某种时尚时,理应弄清其倡导者的目标所在,因为无论他们的准则在今天看来是多么牵强附会、不可思议,将来都有可能被视为正常的。
With regard to Futurist poetry, however, the case is rather difficult, for whatever Futurist poetry may be — even admitting that the theory on which it is based may be right — it can hardly be classed as Literature.
然而,就未来派诗歌而言,情况却相当不同,因为无论未来派诗歌为何物——即使承认其理论根据可能正确,也很难称之为文学。

If its message were confined merely to information — and that in itself would be difficult if not impossible to achieve, for even a detail such as the choice of the colour of a shirt is subtly persuasive — advertising would be so boring that no one would pay any attention.
如果广告的内容仅仅限于提供信息(虽说这不是不可能做到的,但它本身也是很难做的,因为哪怕是挑衬衫颜色这样的细节也带有几分劝诱性),那会令人生厌,以致没人再去理会。
But perhaps that is what the well-known television personality wants.
但也许这就是那位著名电视人所希望看到的。

By contrast, the process of personal growth is much more difficult to determine, since by definition it is a journey and not the specific signposts or landmarks along the way.
相比之下,对成长过程的测定就难多了,因为从定义上讲,它是一次旅行,不是沿途上的某个路标或界标。

Nevertheless, an evolutionary interpretation might make it difficult to understand how the commonly gradual process of forgetting survived natural selection.
然而,进化论的解释可能会使人难以理解普遍的渐进遗忘过程是如何在自然选择中幸存下来的。

{adj: Solomonic} exhibiting or requiring the wisdom of Solomon in making difficult decisions

{adj: abstruse, deep, recondite} difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge
"the professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them"
"a deep metaphysical theory"
"some recondite problem in historiography"

{adj: accessible, approachable} capable of being read with comprehension
"readily accessible to the nonprofessional reader"
"the tales seem more approachable than his more difficult novels"

{adj: alluring, beguiling, enticing, tempting} highly attractive and able to arouse hope or desire
"an alluring prospect"
"her alluring smile"
"the voice was low and beguiling"
"difficult to say no to an enticing advertisement"
"a tempting invitation"

{adj: arduous} difficult to accomplish; demanding considerable mental effort and skill
"the arduous work of preparing a dictionary"

{adj: awkward, bunglesome, clumsy, ungainly} difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape
"an awkward bundle to carry"
"a load of bunglesome paraphernalia"
"clumsy wooden shoes"
"the cello, a rather ungainly instrument for a girl"

{adj: awkward, embarrassing, sticky, unenviable} hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment
"awkward (or embarrassing or difficult) moments in the discussion"
"an awkward pause followed his remark"
"a sticky question"
"in the unenviable position of resorting to an act he had planned to save for the climax of the campaign"

{adj: bitter} very difficult to accept or bear
"the bitter truth"
"a bitter sorrow"

{adj: black, bleak, dim} offering little or no hope
"the future looked black"
"prospects were bleak"
"Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult"- J.M.Synge
"took a dim view of things"

{adj: cantankerous, crotchety, ornery} having a difficult and contrary disposition
"a cantankerous and venomous-tongued old lady"- Dorothy Sayers

{adj: cartilaginous, gristly, rubbery} difficult to chew

{adj: casual, effortless} not showing effort or strain
"a difficult feat performed with casual mastery"
"careless grace"

{adj: choosy, choosey} difficult to please

{adj: closed} not open or affording passage or access
"the many closed streets made travel difficult"
"our neighbors peeped from behind closed curtains"
<-> open

{adj: complicated} difficult to analyze or understand
"a complicated problem"
"complicated Middle East politics"

{adj: constipated} have difficult or incomplete or infrequent evacuation of the bowels
<-> unconstipated

{adj: contrarious, cross-grained} difficult to deal with

{adj: convalescent, recovering} returning to health after illness or debility
"convalescent children are difficult to keep in bed"

{adj: cumbersome, cumbrous} difficult to handle or use especially because of size or weight
"a cumbersome piece of machinery"
"cumbrous protective clothing"

{adj: delicate, ticklish, touchy} difficult to handle; requiring great tact
"delicate negotiations with the big powers";"hesitates to be explicit on so ticklish a matter"
"a touchy subject"

{adj: difficult, hard} not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure
"a difficult task"
"nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access"
"difficult times"
"a difficult child"
"found himself in a difficult situation"
"why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"
<-> easy

{adj: difficult} requiring much effort and trouble
"the mountain climb was long, steep, and difficult"

{adj: easy} posing no difficulty; requiring little effort
"an easy job"
"an easy problem"
"an easy victory"
"the house is easy to heat"
"satisfied with easy answers"
"took the easy way out of his dilemma"
<-> difficult

{adj: elusive, subtle} be difficult to detect or grasp by the mind
"his whole attitude had undergone a subtle change"
"a subtle difference"
"that elusive thing the soul"

{adj: elusive} difficult to describe
"a haunting elusive odor"

{adj: fast-flying, flying} moving swiftly
"fast-flying planes"
"played the difficult passage with flying fingers"

{adj: fire-retardant, fire-resistant, fire-resisting, fire-resistive} difficult to burn

{adj: fractious} unpredictably difficult in operation; likely to be troublesome
"rockets were much too fractious to be tested near thickly populated areas"
"fractious components of a communication system"

{adj: herculean} extremely difficult; requiring the strength of a Hercules
"a herculean task"

{adj: hidden, obscure} difficult to find
"hidden valleys"
"a hidden cave"
"an obscure retreat"

{adj: impeded} made difficult or slow
"we blamed our impeded progress on lack of money"

{adj: imperceptible, unperceivable} impossible or difficult to perceive by the mind or senses
"an imperceptible drop in temperature"
"an imperceptible nod"
"color is unperceivable to the touch"
<-> perceptible

{adj: imponderable} difficult or impossible to evaluate with precision
"such imponderable human factors as aesthetic sensibility"
<-> ponderable

{adj: incomprehensible, uncomprehensible} difficult to understand
"the most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible"- A. Einstein
<-> comprehensible

{adj: indiscernible} difficult or impossible to perceive or discern
"an indiscernible increase in temperature"
<-> discernible

{adj: inextinguishable} difficult or impossible to extinguish
"an inextinguishable flame"
"an inextinguishable faith"
<-> extinguishable

{adj: infrangible} difficult or impossible to break or separate into parts
"an infrangible series"

{adj: intractable} not tractable; difficult to manage or mold
"an intractable disposition"
"intractable pain"
"the most intractable issue of our era"
"intractable metal"
<-> tractable

{adj: irregular} of a surface; not level or flat
"walking was difficult on the irregular cobblestoned surface"

{adj: nasty, tight} exasperatingly difficult to handle or circumvent
"a nasty problem"
"a good man to have on your side in a tight situation"

{adj: occult} hidden and difficult to see
"an occult fracture"
"occult blood in the stool"

{adj: on the hook} caught in a difficult or dangerous situation
"there I was back on the hook"

{adj: resourceful} having inner resources; adroit or imaginative
"someone who is resourceful is capable of dealing with difficult situations"
"an able and resourceful politician"
"the most resourceful cook in town"

{adj: rugged, tough} very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution
"a rugged competitive examination"
"the rugged conditions of frontier life"
"the competition was tough"
"it's a tough life"
"it was a tough job"


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