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daunting

adjective
     
daunt‧ing
frightening in a way that makes you feel less confident:
The trip seemed rather daunting for a young girl.
He's got the daunting task of following in Ferguson's footsteps.
the daunting prospect of asking for a loan
WORD FOCUS: difficult WORD FOCUS: difficult
difficult to do: hard, tough, challenging, daunting

difficult and needing a lot of physical effort: tough, strenuous, back-breaking, gruelling, arduous, punishing

difficult to deal with or talk about: tricky, awkward, delicate, sensitive, touchy

words for describing a difficult person: awkward, trying

words for describing difficult conditions: adverse, hostile


See also
difficult

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