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noun 
  1. A circumstance in which a choice must be made between two alternatives that seem equally undesirable.
  2. (disputed) A difficult circumstance or problem.
  3. (logic) A type of syllogism of the form "if A is true then B is true; if C is true then D is true; either A or C is true; therefore either B or D is true".
Translations: 
  • French: dilemme
  • German: Dilemma
  • Spanish: dilema
    (trans-bottom) (trans-top, difficult circumstance)
    (trans-mid)
    (trans-bottom) (trans-top, in logic)
    (trans-mid)
    (trans-bottom)
Etymology: First attested 1523, from dilemmaLate Latin, dilemma, from Ancient (dilémma), "double proposition", from (di) + (lémma), premise, proposition


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