dilemma etymology

English word dilemma comes from Ancient Greek λῆμμα, Ancient Greek δι-, Ancient Greek δίς

Detailed word origin of dilemma

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
λῆμμα Ancient Greek (grc)
δι- Ancient Greek (grc)
δίς Ancient Greek (grc)
δίλημμα Ancient Greek (grc)
dilemma Late Latin (LL)
dilemma English (eng) (logic) A type of syllogism of the form "if A is true then B is true; if C is true then D is true; either A or C is true; therefore either B or D is true".. (rhetoric) Offering to an opponent a choice between two (equally unfavorable) alternatives.. A circumstance in which a choice must be made between two or more alternatives that seem equally undesirable.. A difficult circumstance or problem.

Words with the same origin as dilemma

Descendants of λῆμμα