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1 a situation in which one has to choose between two or more equally unsatisfactory choices
  • faced with a dilemma of whether to risk continuing to drive in the dangerous storm or to give up searching for the lost dog and hope he survived

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2 a difficult, puzzling, or embarrassing situation from which there is no easy escape
  • with home prices in a free fall, sellers were in a terrible dilemma

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The first known use of dilemma was in 1523

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“Dilemma.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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to constrict the range or activity of

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