predicament, dilemma

predicament, dilemma
Predicament means a difficult, perplexing, dangerous, or unpleasant situation or condition: "Having no room reservation put us into a predicament." A dilemma resembles a predicament with emphasis upon the puzzling and perplexing elements present: "Julia's dilemma was how to get Jack out of the house before Tom arrived." "On the horns of a dilemma" is a trite expression, but it does accent the perplexity and puzzlement involved. Related words are plight and quandary.

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  • dilemma — I noun awkward predicament, awkward situation, baffle, bafflement, confoundment, confusion, decision, difficult choice, difficulty, imbroglio, impasse, indecision, limited choice, perplexity, predicament, puzzle, puzzlement, puzzling alternative …   Law dictionary

  • Dilemma — Di*lem ma, n. [L. dilemma, Gr. ?; di = di s twice + ? to take. See {Lemma}.] 1. (Logic) An argument which presents an antagonist with two or more alternatives, but is equally conclusive against him, whichever alternative he chooses. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • predicament — [prē dik′ə mənt, pridik′ə mənt] n. [ME < LL(Ec) praedicamentum < L praedicare: see PREACH] 1. a condition or situation, now specif. one that is difficult, unpleasant, embarrassing, or, sometimes, comical 2. Archaic CATEGORY (sense 2) SYN.… …   English World dictionary

  • predicament — I noun adverse circumstances, adversity, angustiae, barrier, case, circumstance, complication, condition, conjuncture, corner, crisis, critical situation, danger, dangerous condition, difficultas, difficulty, dilemma, embarrassing position,… …   Law dictionary

  • dilemma — [di lem′ə; ] also [ dīlem′ə] n. [LL < LGr(Ec) dilēmma < di , two + lēmma, proposition: see LEMMA1] 1. an argument necessitating a choice between equally unfavorable or disagreeable alternatives 2. any situation in which one must choose… …   English World dictionary

  • predicament — [n] difficult situation asperity, bad news*, bind*, Catch 22*, circumstance, clutch, condition, corner*, crisis, deadlock, deep water*, dilemma, drag*, emergency, exigency, fix*, hang up*, hardship, hole, hot water*, imbroglio, impasse, jam*,… …   New thesaurus

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