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catastrophe
a sudden event that causes very great trouble or destruction
cloning
the process of creating an animal or plant in a laboratory that is an exact copy of another using the original animal’s or plant’s DNA
controversy
a lot of disagreement or argument about something, usually because it affects or is important to many people
crisis
a time of great disagreement, confusion, or suffering
dilemma
a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two different things you could do
disaster
(an event that results in) great harm, damage, or death, or serious difficulty
hurdle
a frame or fence for jumping over in a race
obstacle
something that blocks you so that movement, going forward, or action is prevented or made more difficult
predicament
an unpleasant situation that is difficult to get out of
setback
something that happens that delays or prevents a process from developing
daunting
making you feel slightly frightened or worried about your ability to achieve something
disastrous
extremely bad or unsuccessful
insurmountable
(especially of a problem or a difficulty) so great that it cannot be dealt with successfully
ongoing
continuing to exist or develop, or happening at the present moment
pervasive
present or noticeable in every part of a thing or place
problematic
full of problems or difficulties
do more harm than good
to be damaging and not helpful
dwell on
to keep thinking or talking about something, especially something bad or unpleasant
take stock
To take stock (of something) is to think carefully about a situation or event and form an opinion about it, so that you can decide what to do
aggravate
to make a bad situation worse
alleviate
to make something bad such as pain or problems less severe
arise
to happen
exacerbate
to make something that is already bad even worse
hinder
to limit the ability of someone to do something, or to limit the development of something
ignore
to intentionally not listen or give attention to
improve
to (cause something to) get better
mitigate
to make something less harmful, unpleasant, or bad
rectify
to correct something or make something right
resolve
to solve or end a problem or difficulty
pose
to cause something, especially a problem or difficulty:
bout
a short period of illness or involvement in an activity: