Meanings

1.
the difficulty
(As a measure of difficulty. "Schwierigkeitsgrad" is more common.)
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2.
the problem
(Commonly used with the plural in phrasings like "Schwierigkeiten machen" or "in Schwierigkeiten kommen".)
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Word Family

Root: *sehro-

According to English sources, the core idea of this root was:

slow, heavy

German etymologists mention a root that was about binding, hanging which took the sense of heavy via the idea of hanging a weight on a chord.

The only English member I could dig up was serious.

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