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What is another word for difficult?

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Adjective
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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Stubborn, or inclined to do the opposite of what is expected or demanded
“Juliet had been a difficult child all along. Her adoptive parents found it hard to manage her.”
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Characterized by causing hardships or problems
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“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
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“Your request for a favor has come at a difficult time.”
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Causing distress, sadness or anxiety
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(of a literary work) Overly serious or difficult
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Having or showing a tendency to be quickly irritated or provoked
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Arousing or able to arouse intense feeling
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Having a predisposition to argue or engage in confrontations
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Having a muddy or sticky consistency
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Causing emotion, excitement, or stimulation in the mind
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Impossible or difficult to pronounce or articulate
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Of considerable importance or seriousness
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Squeezed or confined
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Based on abstract reasoning
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