difficulty etymology

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

Detailed word origin of difficulty

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
facilis Latin (lat) Easy. That may or can be done or made.
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 (fro) Difficulty.
difficultee Middle English (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.

Words with the same origin as difficulty

Descendants of facilis
difficult faculty
Descendants of dis-
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