late 14c., from Old French difficulté, from Latin difficultatem (nominative difficultas) "difficulty, distress, poverty," from difficilis "hard," from dis- "not, away from" (see dis-) + facilis "easy" (see facile).
1. He was going red in the face and breathing with difficulty.
2. Many men still have difficulty accepting a woman as a business partner.
3. Something gave me the strength to overcome the difficulty.
4. The first difficulty is that, old-fashioned or not, it is very good.
5. Young children have difficulty grasping the finality of death.