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 praedicamentum (translation of Greek kat&emacron;goria, from kat&emacron;goreuein, to speak against, signify, predicate), from Latin praedicare, to proclaim publicly, predicate; see preach.