Meaning of dilemma

di•lem•ma

Pronunciation: (di-lem'u), [key]
— n.
  1. a situation requiring a choice between equally undesirable alternatives.
  2. any difficult or perplexing situation or problem.
  3. a form of syllogism in which the major premise is formed of two or more hypothetical propositions and the minor premise is a disjunctive proposition, as “If A, then B; if C then D. Either A or C. Therefore, either B or D.”
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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