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predicament

If you're engaged to get married but suddenly fall in love with someone else, you have gotten yourself into quite a predicament. A predicament is a difficult, confusing, and unpleasant situation.

The Greek word that predicament originally descends from means "a state of being." Which makes sense considering the words that sound like predicate are all about states of being––predict, or say what's going to happen in the future, and predicate the second part of a sentence that's led by the verb. Think of predicament as an unpleasant state of being.

Definitions of predicament
  1. noun
    a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one
    “finds himself in a most awkward predicament
    synonyms: morass, plight, quagmire, quandary
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    types:
    care
    a cause for feeling concern
    box, corner
    a predicament from which a skillful or graceful escape is impossible
    hot water
    a dangerous or distressing predicament
    type of:
    difficulty
    a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome
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