dilemma

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested 1523, from Late Latin dilemma, from Ancient Greek δίλημμα (dilēmma, ambiguous proposition), from δι- (di-) + λῆμμα (lēmma, premise, proposition).

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  • enPR: dī-lĕmʹə or dĭ-lĕmʹə, IPA(key): /daɪˈlɛmə/, /dɪˈlɛmə/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛmə
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In the story of Odysseus, a ship captain faced a dilemma when he was forced to choose between confronting one of two dangerous sea monsters, Scylla or Charybdis, leading to the phrase between Scylla and Charybdis.

Noun[edit]

dilemma (plural dilemmas or dilemmata)

  1. A circumstance in which a choice must be made between two or more alternatives that seem equally undesirable.
  2. (Discuss(+) this sense) (loosely) A difficult circumstance or problem.
  3. (logic) 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. (rhetoric) Offering to an opponent a choice between two (equally unfavorable) alternatives.

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  • The sense of a difficult circumstance or problem is considered non-standard[by whom?].
  • Occasionally spelled/misspelled as dilemna, perhaps originally via false analogy with words such as condemn, solemn, and hymn. This spelling has been reportedly taught in many regions of Great Britain and The United States as well as around the world; and can be found in the works of many well-known authors. (e.g. Watts, Defroe & Goldsmith) [1]

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  1. ^ [1], additional text.


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dilemma n (plural dilemma's, diminutive dilemmaatje n)

  1. dilemma (between two alternatives)

Finnish[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: di‧lem‧ma

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dilemma

  1. dilemma (between two alternatives)

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek δίλημμα (dilēmma).

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dilemma m (plural dilemmi)

  1. dilemma (between two alternatives)

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