The definition of predicament is a difficult or unpleasant situation.
An example of a predicament is a wife walking into the restaurant where her husband is having lunch with his mistress.
- a condition or situation, now specif. one that is difficult, unpleasant, embarrassing, or, sometimes, comical
- Archaic category (sense )
Origin of predicamentMiddle English from Ecclesiastical Late Latin praedicamentum from Classical Latin praedicare: see preach
- A situation, especially an unpleasant, troublesome, or trying one, from which extrication is difficult.
- Logic One of the basic states or classifications described by Aristotle into which all things can be placed; a category.
Origin of predicamentMiddle English class, category from Old French from Late Latin praedicāmentum ( translation of Greek katēgoriā ) ( from katēgoreuein to speak against, signify, predicate ) from Latin praedicāre to proclaim publicly, predicate ; see preach.