English

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Etymology

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From late Old French difficile, from Latin difficilis, from dis- + facilis (easy).

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difficile (comparative more difficile, superlative most difficile)

  1. (obsolete) Hard to work with; stubborn.
  2. (obsolete) Difficult.

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French

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Etymology

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Inherited from Old French difficile, from Latin difficilis.

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  • IPA(key): /di.fi.sil/
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Adjective

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difficile (plural difficiles)

  1. difficult
    Synonym: ardu
    Near-synonym: compliqué
    Antonym: facile
    la critique est aisée mais l’art est difficile(please add an English translation of this usage example)
  2. choosy, fussy, picky
    être difficile(please add an English translation of this usage example)
    faire le difficile(please add an English translation of this usage example)

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Interlingua

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difficile (comparative plus difficile, superlative le plus difficile)

  1. difficult

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Italian

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Etymology

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From Latin difficilis.

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  • IPA(key): /difˈfi.t͡ʃi.le/
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  • Rhymes: -itʃile
  • Hyphenation: dif‧fì‧ci‧le

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difficile (plural difficili, superlative difficilissimo)

  1. difficult, hard
    Antonym: facile

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difficile m or f by sense (plural difficili)

  1. person who is intractable or hard to please
    • 2012, John Green, translated by Giorgia Grilli, Colpa delle Stelle [The Fault in our Stars], Mondadori, page 36:
      Mi divertivo a fare la difficile.
      I enjoyed being coy.
      (literally, “I enjoyed being a hard-to-please person.”)

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difficile m (plural difficili)

  1. difficult time or moment
    il difficile ormai è superato
    the hard time is now over
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Latin

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Etymology 1

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From difficilis (difficult, troublesome) +‎ .

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Adverb

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difficilē (comparative difficilius, superlative difficilissimē)

  1. (with) difficulty
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Etymology 2

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Inflected form of difficilis (difficult, troublesome).

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difficile

  1. nominative/accusative/vocative neuter singular of difficilis

References

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  • difficile”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • difficile in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.

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Adjective

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difficile m or f (plural difficiles)

  1. difficult

Norman

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Etymology

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From Old French difficile, from Latin difficilis.

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difficile m or f

  1. (Jersey, Guernsey) difficult

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Old French

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difficile m (oblique and nominative feminine singular difficile)

  1. difficult

Descendants

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  • French: difficile
  • Norman: difficile (Jersey, Guernsey)