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Noun difficulty has 4 senses
  1. trouble, difficulty - an effort that is inconvenient; "I went to a lot of trouble"; "he won without any trouble"; "had difficulty walking"; "finished the test only with great difficulty"
    --1 is a kind of effort, elbow grease, exertion, travail, sweat
    --1 has particulars: the devil; tsuris
  2. difficulty - a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result; "serious difficulties were encountered in obtaining a pure reagent"
    --2 is a kind of
    cognitive factor
    --2 has particulars:
     trouble, problem; facer; killer; pisser; pitfall, booby trap; snorter; hindrance, deterrent, impediment, balk, baulk, check, handicap; wrinkle
  3. difficulty - a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome; "grappling with financial difficulties"
    --3 is a kind of
    condition, status
    --3 has particulars:
     bitch; predicament, quandary, plight; rattrap; pinch; fix, hole, jam, mess, muddle, pickle, kettle of fish; hard time, rough sledding; stress, strain; problem, job; situation; urinary hesitancy; wall
  4. difficulty, difficultness - the quality of being difficult; "they agreed about the difficulty of the climb"
    --4 is a kind of quality
    Antonyms: ease, easiness, simplicity
    --4 has particulars:
     effortfulness; asperity, grimness, hardship, rigor, rigour, severity, rigorousness; hardness; formidability, toughness; burdensomeness, onerousness, oppressiveness; subtlety, niceness; troublesomeness, inconvenience, worriment
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