Re: define difficult

Thanks Yardbird, obviously each entry contains thesaurus listings. Thanks again, Judith ----- Original Message ----- From: "Yardbird" <yardbird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

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Here's an example. I created a new message to wsmith@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, and in
the subject line, typed only
define difficult

And sent it off. Here's the reply:


----- Original Message ----- From: "Wordsmith" <wsmith@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Saturday, December 30, 2006 6:16 PM
Subject: define difficult


2 definitions found

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:

 Difficult \Dif"fi*cult\, v. t.
    To render difficult; to impede; to perplex. [R.] --Sir W.
    Temple.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:

 Difficult \Dif"fi*cult\, a. [From {Difficulty}.]
    1. Hard to do or to make; beset with difficulty; attended
       with labor, trouble, or pains; not easy; arduous.

    Note: 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, alone.                      --Hawthorne.

    2. Hard to manage or to please; not easily wrought upon;
       austere; stubborn; as, a difficult person.

    Syn: Arduous; painful; crabbed; perplexed; laborious;
         unaccommodating; troublesome. See {Arduous}.

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