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CEFR C2 Vocabulary - Difficulty and Challenge

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CEFR C2 Vocabulary
knotty
[adjective]
full of complications or difficulties
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byzantine
[adjective]
so detailed and complex that understanding becomes difficult
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confounding
[adjective]
causing bewilderment or surprise
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inscrutable
[adjective]
extremely difficult or seemingly impossible to understand or interpret due to its unclear intent or cause
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muddled
[adjective]
lacking clarity or coherence
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unfathomable
[adjective]
impossible to comprehend
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abstruse
[adjective]
difficult to understand due to being complex or obscure
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enigmatic
[adjective]
confusing and difficult to understand
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impenetrable
[adjective]
extremely difficult to fully comprehend
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labyrinthine
[adjective]
looking like a labyrinth, twisting and confusing
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recondite
[adjective]
difficult to understand or obscure to most people due to its complexity
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idiot-proof
[adjective]
designed to be so simple that even someone with little knowledge or skill can use it without making mistakes
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grueling
[adjective]
extremely tiring, challenging, and demanding strenuous effort and perseverance
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daunting
[adjective]
intimidating, challenging, or overwhelming in a way that creates a sense of fear or unease
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Sisyphean
[adjective]
relating to a task that is endless, futile, and laborious
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Herculean
[adjective]
requiring great strength, effort, or courage
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draining
[adjective]
causing a significant loss of physical, emotional, or mental energy
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thorny
[adjective]
causing problem or difficulty
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painstaking
[adjective]
requiring a lot of effort and time
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onerous
[adjective]
difficult and needing a lot of energy and effort
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convoluted
[adjective]
having many elaborate intertwining parts that make it difficult to understand
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exacting
[adjective]
requiring a great amount of effort, skill, or care
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hard-won
[adjective]
achieving something after facing a lot of challenges and putting in a great deal of effort
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uphill
[adjective]
challenging situation that requires considerable effort
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wearisome
[adjective]
causing fatigue, boredom, or irritation due to being repetitive or tiresome
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to surmount
[verb]
to successfully overcome challenges or difficulties
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to outsmart
[verb]
to use skill and cunning to gain an advantage over someone, defeating or surpassing them through intelligence
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to brave
[verb]
to endure or face a difficult situation with courage
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cinch
[noun]
an extremely easy task or something easily achieved
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