Origin of dilemma
Examples from the Web for dilemmatic
The soundness of the dilemmatic argument in general depends on the alternative possibilities.
Trilemma, trī-lem′a, n. a dilemmatic syllogism with three alternative propositions.
- 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.