predicament

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pre·dic·a·ment

noun \pri-ˈdi-kə-mənt, 1 is usually ˈpre-di-kə-\

: a difficult or unpleasant situation

Full Definition of PREDICAMENT

1
:  the character, status, or classification assigned by a predication; specifically :  category 1
2
:  condition, state; especially :  a difficult, perplexing, or trying situation

Examples of PREDICAMENT

  1. The governor has gotten himself into quite a predicament.
  2. I don't know how to get out of the predicament I'm in.
  3. The captain of archers fidgeted and coughed and rolled his eyes at his men, as if such cupidity and dishonor were an inevitable but minor aspect of the human predicament … —Michael Chabon, New York Times Magazine, 6 May 2007

Origin of PREDICAMENT

Middle English, from Late Latin praedicamentum, from praedicare (see 2predicate)
First Known Use: 14th century

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