Definitions for dilemmadɪˈlɛm ə

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dilemma, quandary(noun)

    state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options

Wiktionary

  1. dilemma(Noun)

    A circumstance in which a choice must be made between two or more alternatives that seem equally undesirable.

  2. dilemma(Noun)

    (disputed) A difficult circumstance or problem.

  3. dilemma(Noun)

    A type of syllogism of the form "if A is true then B is true; if C is true then D is true; either A or C is true; therefore either B or D is true".

  4. dilemma(Noun)

    Offering to an opponent a choice between two (equally unfavorable) alternatives.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dilemma(noun)

    an argument which presents an antagonist with two or more alternatives, but is equally conclusive against him, whichever alternative he chooses

  2. Dilemma(noun)

    a state of things in which evils or obstacles present themselves on every side, and it is difficult to determine what course to pursue; a vexatious alternative or predicament; a difficult choice or position

  3. Origin: [L. dilemma, Gr. ; di- = di`s- twice + to take. See Lemma.]

Freebase

  1. Dilemma

    A dilemma is a problem offering two possibilities, neither of which is practically acceptable. One in this position has been traditionally described as "being on the horns of a dilemma", neither horn being comfortable. This is sometimes more colorfully described as "Finding oneself impaled upon the horns of a dilemma", referring to the sharp points of a bull's horns, equally uncomfortable. The dilemma is sometimes used as a rhetorical device, in the form "you must accept either A, or B"; here A and B would be propositions each leading to some further conclusion. Applied incorrectly, it constitutes a false dichotomy, a fallacy.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dilemma' in Nouns Frequency: #2434


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