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dilemma (di LEM uh) (s) (noun), dilemmas (pl)
1. A situation in which someone must choose one of two unsatisfactory options: Because of the bad weather, Lester and his family were in a dilemma as to when they should plan to go on their vacation.
2. In logic, a form of reasoning that, though valid, leads to two undesirable selections: When George was trying to find at least three different definitions for each of the words that he was assigned to find for his English class, his dilemma was that the three dictionaries were giving the same results without any significant variations in contents from one to the other.
3. Etymology: from Late Latin dilemma, which came from Greek dilemma, "double proposition".

This is a technical term in rhetoric, from di-, "two" + lemma, "premise, anything received or taken" from the root of lambanein, "to take".

A situation in which someone must choose between two alternatives both of which are bad.
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A choice that one must make between two undesirable actions.
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dilemma (verb), dilemmas; dilemmated; dilemmating
To make a decision that includes two possibilities neither of which is desirable: The manager of the department store was dilemmating whether to lower prices for some products and to lose profits or to accept fewer sales.

Peggy dilemmas often about whether she should spend more money for unsuccessful psychiatric treatments for her depressions or just live with her unhappiness even though it could develop into a more serious neurotic disorder.

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Word Entries at Get Words: “dilemma
A difficult decision that must be made about what to do regarding two or more possibilities or predicaments. (2)