difficult etymology

English word difficult comes from Latin facilis (Easy. That may or can be done or made.), Latin -ius, Latin dis-

Detailed word origin of difficult

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
facilis Latin (lat) Easy. That may or can be done or made.
-ius Latin (lat) Genitive suffix for some irregular pronouns. Forming adjectives from nouns.
dis- Latin (lat) Asunder, apart, in two. Reversal, removal. Utterly, exceedingly.
difficilis Latin (lat) (of character) obstinate, intractable, hard to please or manage. Difficult, troublesome.
difficul Latin (lat)
difficultas Latin (lat) Difficulty, distress, trouble.
difficulté Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Difficulty.
difficultee Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
difficulty English (eng) An obstacle that hinders achievement of a goal.. Physical danger from the environment, especially with risk of drowning. The state of being difficult, or hard to do.
difficult English (eng) (obsolete) Unable or unwilling.. (often, _, of a, person, or a horse, etc) Hard to manage, uncooperative, troublesome.. Hard, not easy, requiring much effort. (obsolete, transitive) To make difficult; to impede; to perplex.

Words with the same origin as difficult

Descendants of facilis
difficulty faculty
Descendants of -ius
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Descendants of dis-
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