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Requiring great effort or exertion
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“He prepared himself for the difficult task of running the marathon.”
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Hard to comprehend mentally
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“Bobby had to give up on the Sudoku puzzle as it was too difficult.”
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Not easy to please or satisfy
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“She quit her job because her boss had a penchant for being difficult.”
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Characterized by causing hardships or problems
“We are living through a difficult economic climate where unemployment is high.”
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Disobedient in nature
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“Charlie was a difficult child who would throw regular tantrums.”
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Inopportune or inconvenient
“Your request for a favor has come at a difficult time.”
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Upsetting, or causing anxiety, sorrow or pain
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Causing difficulty or annoyance
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Requiring great skill or finesse in handling or treatment
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(of a literary work) Overly serious or difficult
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Fond of, or prone to, quarreling
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Very particular about detail
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Having a muddy or sticky consistency
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Unfriendly and bad-tempered
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Difficult
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Giving rise or likely to give rise to controversy or public disagreement
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Impossible or difficult to pronounce or articulate
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Of considerable importance or seriousness
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Causing emotion, excitement, and enthusiasm
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Squeezed or confined
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Operating with high pressures, such as several times atmospheric pressure but relative
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(of a word, statement, or question) Charged with an underlying meaning or implication
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Based on abstract reasoning
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