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predicament

Logic obsolete one of Aristotle's ten categories of being

Predicament

Dancy, Captain Ronald
must persecute friend to save own skin. [Br. Lit.: Loyalties, Magill I, 533–534]
Gordian
knot inextricable difficulty; Alexander cut the original. [Gk. Hist.: Espy, 49]
Lady or the Tiger, The
hero must choose one of two doors. [Am. Lit.: The Lady or the Tiger]
Marta
loves husband; forced into adultery by patron. [Ger. Opera: d’Albert, Tiefland, Westerman, 373]
Scylla
and Charybdis two equally dangerous alternatives. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey, Espy, 41]
Symplegades
cliffs at Black Sea entrance; clashed together as ships passed through. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 251]
References in classic literature ?
But if we should be disunited, and the integral parts should either remain separated, or, which is most probable, should be thrown together into two or three confederacies, we should be, in a short course of time, in the predicament of the continental powers of Europe -- our liberties would be a prey to the means of defending ourselves against the ambition and jealousy of each other.
It is difficult for a seaman to believe that his stranded ship does not feel as unhappy at the unnatural predicament of having no water under her keel as he is himself at feeling her stranded.
Norris, and everybody else who is in the same predicament," glancing half fearfully, half slyly, beyond Fanny to Edmund.
As soon as I sufficiently recovered my senses to comprehend the terrific predicament in which I stood or rather hung, I exerted all the power of my lungs to make that predicament known to the æronaut overhead.
The masqueraders, by this time, had recovered, in some measure, from their alarm; and, beginning to regard the whole matter as a well-contrived pleasantry, set up a loud shout of laughter at the predicament of the apes.
We had more than enough material without them, and my predicament was the just punishment of that most fatal of human follies, our not having known when to stop.
As we were to learn later, this precaution saved us from dire predicament, and was eventually the means of our salvation.
As I was about to lay the thing aside as of no value in my present predicament my eyes chanced upon a few strange characters roughly and freshly scratched upon the soft gold of the case.
I was still quarrelling with myself for my indiscretions and my incivilities, one and all the result of his wine and my weakness, and this new predicament (another and yet more vulgar result) was the final mortification.
My friend's appearance suggested that he was now in the same predicament, and I prepared myself to cultivate an agreeable acquaintance.
Night was falling rapidly, and their predicament was rendered doubly worse when they could not even find the elephant trail which they had been following.
I slackened my pace; but next moment regretted having done so: my companion did not speak; and I had nothing in the world to say, and feared he might be in the same predicament.