Difficulty vs Trouble - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between difficulty and trouble
is that difficulty
is the state of being difficult, or hard to do while trouble
is a distressful or dangerous situation.
As a verb trouble is
to disturb, stir up, agitate (a medium, especially water).
The state of being difficult, or hard to do.
An obstacle that hinders achievement of a goal.
- We faced a difficulty .
* difficulty level
* with difficulty
A distressful or dangerous situation.
A difficulty, problem, condition, or action contributing to such a situation.
* (John Milton)
* (William Shakespeare)
- Lest the fiend some new trouble raise.
- Foul whisperings are abroad; unnatural deeds / Do breed unnatural troubles .
A violent occurrence or event.
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Efforts taken or expended, typically beyond the normal required.
*1881 , :
*:Indeed, by the report of our elders, this nervous preparation for old age is only trouble thrown away.
- She never took the trouble to close them.
Liability to punishment; conflict with authority.
(mining) A fault or interruption in a stratum.
* Verbs often used with "trouble": make, spell, stir up, ask for, etc.
* See also
* ask for trouble
* double trouble
* engine trouble
* get into trouble
* in trouble
* teething troubles
* trouble and strife
* trouble in paradise
* troublemaker/trouble maker
* The Troubles
* trouble spot
* for uses and meaning of trouble collocated with these words.
To disturb, stir up, agitate (a medium, especially water).
* Bible, John v. 4
- An angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water.
To mentally distress; to cause (someone) to be anxious or perplexed.
* Bible, John xii. 27
- God looking forth will trouble all his host.
- Now is my soul troubled .
* John Locke
- Take the boy to you; he so troubles me / 'Tis past enduring.
In weaker sense: to bother; to annoy, pester.
- Never trouble yourself about those faults which age will cure.
- Question 3 in the test is troubling me.
To take pains to do something.
* 1946 , (Bertrand Russell), History of Western Philosophy , I.26:
- I will not trouble you to deliver the letter.
- Why trouble about the future? It is wholly uncertain.