predicament[prē dik′ə mənt, pri-]
- 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.