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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 ?
His predicament was indeed most serious when an idea occurred to him that altered his smile to a broad grin.
Yet I so worried and fretted about her and her future that at last I quite forgot my own predicament, though I still struggled intermittently with bonds in vain endeavor to free myself; as much, however, that I might hasten to her protection as that I might escape the fate which had been planned for me.
When I heard Stella I called her in, explained my predicament, and got her to put out the light.
A light fan of air slowly drifted the log away from the shore, and when I noticed his predicament the distance was already too great for him to leap.
Showers of twigs and leaves fell upon them, and predicament followed predicament, until they emerged on the hilltop the worse for wear but happy and excited.
The ten cents carried Martin across the ferry to San Francisco, and as he walked up Market Street he speculated upon his predicament in case he failed to collect the money.
At any rate, we quite deceived the pirates, who took huge delight in our predicament.
I promised I would n't that is Fanny will tell you," cried Polly, quite red with distress at the predicament she was in.
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.
All the while I had been apprehensive concerning my own predicament.
He was so evidently seeking a way out of his predicament, that Mary tossed her head triumphantly.
Listen, I must tell you the predicament in which we find ourselves.