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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.
When the fight became visible, half the knights on each side were dismounted, some by the dexterity of their adversary's lance, some by the superior weight and strength of opponents, which had borne down both horse and man, some lay stretched on earth as if never more to rise, some had already gained their feet, and were closing hand to hand with those of their antagonists who were in the same predicament, and several on both sides, who had received wounds by which they were disabled, were stopping their blood by their scarfs, and endeavouring to extricate themselves from the tumult.
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. He to help John!
It was a much safer place for a gentleman in his predicament: he might there be important at comparatively little expense.
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.
"It was a similar and worse predicament. It was in the longboat, sixteen of us.
It placed me in a most trying predicament. The sixty-five dollars I could earn regularly every month was a terrible temptation.
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.