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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Greek
Origin: 'double statement', from lemma 'statement'

dilemma

noun
     
di‧lem‧ma [countable]
a situation in which it is very difficult to decide what to do, because all the choices seem equally good or equally bad:
a moral dilemma
in a dilemma
I'm in a dilemma about this job offer.
This placed Robert Kennedy in a dilemma.
Many women are faced with the dilemma of choosing between work and family commitments.

➔ be on the horns of a dilemma

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