predicament [prē dik′ə mənt, pridik′ə mənt]
[ME < LL(Ec) praedicamentum < L praedicare: see PREACH]
1. a condition or situation, now specif. one that is difficult, unpleasant, embarrassing, or, sometimes, comical
2. Archaic CATEGORY (sense 2)
SYN.- PREDICAMENT implies a complicated, perplexing situation from which it is difficult to disentangle oneself; DILEMMA implies a predicament necessitating a choice between equally disagreeable alternatives; QUANDARY emphasizes a state of great perplexity and uncertainty; PLIGHT1 emphasizes a distressing or unfortunate situation; FIX and PICKLE are both colloquial terms loosely interchangeable with any of the preceding, although more precisely FIX is equivalent to PREDICAMENT and PICKLE, to PLIGHT1

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