quandary (n.)

  1. a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one; finds himself in a most awkward predicament; the woeful plight of homeless people

    [ Syn: predicament , plight ]

  2. state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options

    [ Syn: dilemma ]

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