Dilemma | A word a day
Dilemma comes from the Greek phrase di (two) + lemma (a premise / proposition)
Dilemma means difficult choice, problem, predicament, quandary etc.
- The doctor’s dilemma was whether he should tell the patient the truth.
- Her dilemma was whether she should marry her boss or not.
You are in a dilemma when you have to make a difficult choice between alternatives that are equally undesirable.
To be caught on the horns of a dilemma is to be forced to choose between two equally undesirable alternatives or propositions.