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di·lem·ma / diˈlemə/ • n. a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives, esp. equally undesirable ones: the people often face the dilemma of feeding themselves or their cattle. ∎ inf. a difficult situation or problem: the insoluble dilemma of adolescence. ∎  Logic an argument forcing an opponent to choose either of two unfavorable alternatives.

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dilemma

dilemma a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives, especially ones that are equally undesirable (see also on the horns of a dilemma). The word is recorded from the early 16th century, denoting a form of argument involving a choice between equally unfavourable alternatives; it comes via Latin from Greek dilēmma, from di- ‘twice’ + lēmma ‘premise’.

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dilemma form of argument involving the opponent in the choice of alternatives; choice between two equally unfavourable alternatives. XVI. — L. — Gr. dílēmma, f. DI- 2 + lêmma assumption, premiss (see LEMMA).

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179. Dilemma

  1. Buridans ass placed exactly between two equal haystacks, could not decide which to turn to in his hunger. [Fr. Philos.: Brewer Dictionary, 154]

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