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I hesitated and tried to think of some safe way out of the dilemma.

A prudent person, lapsing into a dilemma, is specially discomfitted.

Lady Pierrepoint saw this, and coolly held her in this dilemma.

Joseph was now reduced to a dilemma which extremely puzzled him.

But our Smithsonian systematizer will allow us neither horn of this dilemma.

So, in this dilemma, I had recourse to a piece of jesuitry, of which I was not a little proud.

The Mercutian sensed their dilemma as they crouched on the stairs.

In this dilemma, therefore, he addressed himself to John Effingham for counsel.

Home again in November, 1832, Morse found himself on the horns of a dilemma.

But now we began to perceive that we were between the horns of a dilemma.

WORD ORIGIN

1520s, from Late Latin dilemma, from Greek dilemma "double proposition," a technical term in rhetoric, from di- "two" + lemma "premise, anything received or taken," from root of lambanein "to take" (see analemma). It should be used only of situations where someone is forced to choose between two alternatives, both unfavorable to him. But even logicians disagree on whether certain situations are dilemmas or mere syllogisms.

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