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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 ?
It was partly at such junctures as these and partly at quite different ones that, with the turn my matters had now taken, my predicament, as I have called it, grew most sensible.
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.
But presently there came to him a realization of the fact that his own base plans had led the girl into this terrible predicament, and that even had she escaped "Hanson" she would have found but little better deserts awaiting her with him.
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.
When I heard Stella I called her in, explained my predicament, and got her to put out the light.
Our travellers had happened to take up their residence at a house of exceeding good repute, whither Irish ladies of strict virtue, and many northern lasses of the same predicament, were accustomed to resort in their way to Bath.
He was so evidently seeking a way out of his predicament, that Mary tossed her head triumphantly.
At any rate, we quite deceived the pirates, who took huge delight in our predicament.
This was the predicament of the pirates: because of the big run-out, the tide was now rushing back like a mill-race, and it was impossible for the strongest swimmer in the world to make against it the three miles to the sloops.
To be held paralyzed, with one's back toward some horrible and unknown danger from the very sound of which the ferocious Apache warriors turn in wild stampede, as a flock of sheep would madly flee from a pack of wolves, seems to me the last word in fearsome predicaments for a man who had ever been used to fighting for his life with all the energy of a powerful physique.
Consider all of this and the fact that these data barely scratch the tip of the (melting) iceberg, and ask yourself: What is holding us back--both as individuals and as the church--from taking responsibility for our contribution to this predicament, for which our children and their children will end up shouldering the worst of the consequences?
The slower [the animals] were, the worse their predicament was," says Paerl.