Origin of dilemma
Examples from the Web for dilemma
We saw Tyreese in this episode caught in the middle of the “hunt or be hunted” dilemma.Andrew Lincoln Wants Rick to End With Johnny Cash and the Sunset|Melissa Leon|October 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The dilemma is how to satisfy their separate demands and aspirations for a tiny piece of land.
There was, she admitted, a dilemma: “How much development needs to take place before you begin to set standards?”Passenger Flights Must Stop Carrying Lithium-Ion Batteries as Cargo|Clive Irving|May 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Broadcast icon Larry King has a dilemma, and he may not even know it.
Li was discussing the dilemma with an old professor at Balliol College, Oxford.
From any dilemma that ensued, the reserve of speed gave him a power of withdrawal, in relying upon which he was right.
The dilemma may seem a trifling one, but to Stockton's sensitive nature it was gross indeed.Shandygaff|Christopher Morley
Suppose you yourself had taken these jewels and were placed in this dilemma?Shifting Sands|Sara Ware Bassett
She rang the bell, and directly both the maids were informed of the dilemma they were in.The Old Countess; or, The Two Proposals|Ann S. Stephens
The German Government is in rather a dilemma in this matter.A Revision of the Treaty|John Maynard Keynes
- faced with the choice between two equally unpalatable alternatives
- in an awkward situation
Word Origin for dilemma
1520s, from Late Latin dilemma, from Greek dilemma "double proposition," a technical term in rhetoric, from di- "two" + lemma "premise, anything received or taken," from root of lambanein "to take" (see analemma). It should be used only of situations where someone is forced to choose between two alternatives, both unfavorable to him. But even logicians disagree on whether certain situations are dilemmas or mere syllogisms.
see horns of a dilemma.