Synonyms of difficult in English:

difficult


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adjective

1‘digging through the snow was becoming increasingly difficult’

SYNONYMS
hard, strenuous, arduous, laborious, heavy, tough, onerous, burdensome, demanding, punishing, gruelling, grinding, back-breaking, painful
exhausting, tiring, fatiguing, wearing, wearying, wearisome
informal hellish, killing
British informal knackering
archaic toilsome
rare exigent
ANTONYMS

easy

2‘I find maths very difficult’

SYNONYMS
problematic, hard, puzzling, baffling, perplexing, confusing, mystifying, mysterious
complicated, complex, involved, intricate, knotty, thorny, ticklish
obscure, abstract, abstruse, recondite, enigmatic, impenetrable, unfathomable, over one's head, above one's head, beyond one
informal fiddly, sticky, no picnic
North American informal gnarly
archaic wildering
rare involute, involuted
ANTONYMS

straightforward, simple

3‘the office manager was a difficult man’

SYNONYMS
troublesome, tiresome, trying, exasperating, demanding, unmanageable, intractable, perverse, contrary, recalcitrant, obstreperous, refractory, fractious
unaccommodating, unhelpful, uncooperative, unamenable, unreasonable, disobliging, stubborn, obstinate, bull-headed, pig-headed
hard to please, hard to satisfy, fussy, particular, over-particular, fastidious, perfectionist, critical, hypercritical, finicky
British awkward
Scottish thrawn
informal cussed
choosy, picky
British informal bloody-minded, bolshie, stroppy
North American informal balky
archaic contumacious, froward
rare contrarious, finical
ANTONYMS

accommodating

4‘you've come at a difficult time’

SYNONYMS
inconvenient, awkward, unfavourable, unfortunate, inappropriate, unsuitable, untimely, ill-timed, inopportune, inexpedient, disadvantageous
archaic unseasonable
ANTONYMS

convenient

5‘the family have been through very difficult times’

SYNONYMS
bad, tough, grim, terrible, awful, dreadful, nightmarish, dark, black, hard, adverse, unpleasant, unwelcome, disagreeable, distressing, harrowing
straitened, hard-pressed
literary direful
archaic, humorous parlous
ANTONYMS

happy