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Word: dilemma

Definition: situation that requires a choice between equally unfavorable options; problem; choice of two unsatisfactory alternatives


Sentences Containing 'dilemma'

About this time a distressed manager discovered Dean on a curb stone, explained the dilemma to him, took his book away from him, rushed him into the building the back way, and told him to make for the stage and save his country.
``When, then, the Count of Monte Cristo, hearing of the dilemma in which you are placed, has sent to offer you seats in his carriage and two places at his windows in the Palazzo Rospoli.''
``Franz and I have to thank you a thousand times, count,''returned Albert;``you extricated us from a great dilemma, and we were on the point of inventing a very fantastic vehicle when your friendly invitation reached us.''
``Well, it will be given to some one who has done nothing to deserve it,''said Beauchamp;``that is the way the Academy mostly escapes from the dilemma.''
He has two means of extricating me from this dilemma, the one by a mysterious escape, managed through bribery; the other by buying off my judges with gold.
As for those things which among the common chances of the world happen unto thee as thy particular lot and portion, canst thou be displeased with any of them, when thou dost call that our ordinary dilemma to mind, either a providence, or Democritus his atoms; and with it, whatsoever we brought to prove that the whole world is as it were one city?
Philosophers, that give themselves airs of superior wisdom and sufficiency, have a hard task when they encounter persons of inquisitive dispositions, who push them from every corner to which they retreat, and who are sure at last to bring them to some dangerous dilemma.
If you will advise me, knowing my feeble powers such as they are, how you think it will be best to exert them in a dilemma so unwonted, you will add another friendly obligation to the many you have already rendered me.

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