difficult

[dif-i-kuhlt, -kuh lt] /ˈdɪf ɪˌkʌlt, -kəlt/
adjective
1.
not easily or readily done; requiring much labor, skill, or planning to be performed successfully; hard:
"a difficult job."
2.
hard to understand or solve:
"a difficult problem."
3.
hard to deal with or get on with:
"a difficult pupil."
4.
hard to please or satisfy:
"a difficult employer."
5.
hard to persuade or induce; stubborn:
"a difficult old man."
6.
disadvantageous; trying; hampering:
"The operation was performed under the most difficult conditions."
7.
fraught with hardship, especially financial hardship:
"We saw some difficult times during the depression years."
Origin
1350–1400; Middle English, back formation from difficulty
Related forms
difficultly, adverb
nondifficult, adjective
quasi-difficult, adjective
quasi-difficultly, adverb
superdifficult, adjective
superdifficultly, adverb
undifficult, adjective
undifficultly, adverb
Synonyms
1. arduous. See hard. 2. intricate, perplexing, involved, knotty. 4. particular, finical, fussy. 5. obdurate, uncompromising.
Antonyms
1. easy. 2. simple.
British Dictionary definitions for most difficult
difficult (ˈdɪfɪkəlt)
 
adj
1.  not easy to do; requiring effort: a difficult job
2.  not easy to understand or solve; intricate: a difficult problem
3.  hard to deal with; troublesome: a difficult child
4.  not easily convinced, pleased, or satisfied: a difficult audience
5.  full of hardships or trials: difficult times ahead
 
[C14: back formation from difficulty]
 
'difficultly
 
adv

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Word Origin and History for most difficult
difficult
c.1400, apparently a back formation from difficulty. French has difficile, Latin difficilis. Of persons, "hard to please," from 1580s.
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