Dif"fi*cult (?), a. [From
Difficulty.] 1. Hard to do or to make;
beset with difficulty; attended with labor, trouble, or pains; not
&fist; Difficult implies the notion that considerable
mental effort or skill is required, or that obstacles are to be
overcome which call for sagacity and skill in the agent; as, a
difficult task; hard work is not always difficult work;
a difficult operation in surgery; a difficult passage
in an author.
There is not the strength or courage left me to
venture into the wide, strange, and difficult world,
2. Hard to manage or to please; not easily
wrought upon; austere; stubborn; as, a difficult
Syn. -- Arduous; painful; crabbed; perplexed; laborious;
unaccommodating; troublesome. See Arduous.
Dif"fi*cult, v. t. To render
difficult; to impede; to perplex. [R.] Sir W.