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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.
But Alan was not sober; he had lost a thousand pounds upon a horse- race, had received the news at dinner-time, and was now, in default of any possible means of extrication, drowning the memory of his predicament.
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.
In reply to a question, Fayyad stressed the dire need that the government works once again in an efficient and balanced manner in a way that resolves the Lebanese people's predicaments.
Avoidance or denial by choosing to focus on what they believe the reality should be-- and therefore essentially failing to address predicaments effectively--can ultimately derail an executive's career and the perception of his or her ability to lead.