quandary


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quan·da·ry

 (kwŏn′də-rē, -drē)
n. pl. quan·da·ries
A state of uncertainty or perplexity. See Synonyms at predicament.

[Origin unknown.]

quandary

(ˈkwɒndrɪ; -dərɪ)
n, pl -ries
a situation or circumstance that presents problems difficult to solve; predicament; dilemma
[C16: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Latin quandō when]

quan•da•ry

(ˈkwɒn də ri, -dri)

n., pl. -ries.
a state of perplexity or uncertainty, esp. as to what to do; dilemma.
[1570–80; perhaps fancifully < Latin quand(ō) when + -āre infinitive suffix]
syn: See predicament.

quandary

a state of doubt or uncertainty, especially with regard to the choice of alternatives; a dilemma.
See also: Thinking
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quandary - a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying onequandary - 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"
care - a cause for feeling concern; "his major care was the illness of his wife"
difficulty - a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome; "grappling with financial difficulties"
box, corner - a predicament from which a skillful or graceful escape is impossible; "his lying got him into a tight corner"
hot water - a dangerous or distressing predicament; "his views on race got him into political hot water"
2.quandary - state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable optionsquandary - state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options
perplexity - trouble or confusion resulting from complexity
double bind - (psychology) an unresolvable dilemma; situation in which a person receives contradictory messages from a person who is very powerful

quandary

noun difficulty, dilemma, predicament, puzzle, uncertainty, embarrassment, plight, strait, impasse, bewilderment, perplexity, delicate situation, cleft stick Young drinkers create a quandary for drinks companies.
Translations
وَرْطَه، حَيْرَه، مأزِق
obtížná situacerozpaky
dilemma
klípa, kreppa
apmulsumsneziņa
pochybnosti
kararsızlık

quandary

[ˈkwɒndərɪ] N (= dilemma) → dilema m; (= difficult situation) → apuro m
to be in a quandaryestar en un dilema
he was in a quandary about whether to acceptestaba en un dilema sobre si aceptar o no
this put him in a quandaryesto lo puso en un dilema
to get sb out of a quandarysacar a algn de un apuro

quandary

[ˈkwɒndəri] n
to be in a quandary → être dans l'embarras

quandary

nVerlegenheit f, → Dilemma nt; what a quandary he was in!was für ein Dilemma!; he was in a quandary as to or about what to doer wusste nicht, was er tun sollte; to put somebody in a quandaryjdn in Verlegenheit or in eine missliche Lage bringen

quandary

[ˈkwɒndrɪ] n to be in a quandary (about sth)essere molto incerto/a (su qc)

quandary

(ˈkwondəri) plural ˈquandaries noun
a state of uncertainty; a situation in which it is difficult to decide what to do.
References in classic literature ?
You see, having said that if Meg married `that Brooke' she shouldn't have a cent of her money, Aunt March was rather in a quandary when time had appeased her wrath and made her repent her vow.
Enemies attacked us by night and put us in a great quandary, but the people of the island say they came off safe and victorious by the might of my arm; and may God give them as much health as there's truth in what they say.
Once or twice as I stood waiting there for things to accomplish themselves, I could not resist an impulse to laugh at my miserable quandary.
We were now in a quandary as to how to pass the guards who patrolled the island about the pool.
And Raffles had no banker; it was quite impossible for him to explain, across any single counter, the large sums of hard cash which did sometimes fall into his hands; and it might well be that he had nursed my small account in view of the very quandary which had now arisen.
Here Phoebus, whose imagination was endowed with but mediocre power of creation, began to find himself in a quandary as to a means of extricating himself for his prowess.
Weeks had listened politely, with smiling modesty, till Hayward finished; then he asked one or two insidious questions, so innocent in appearance that Hayward, not seeing into what a quandary they led him, answered blandly; Weeks made a courteous objection, then a correction of fact, after that a quotation from some little known Latin commentator, then a reference to a German authority; and the fact was disclosed that he was a scholar.
The afternoon was drawing to a close, and Clayton, disheartened and discouraged, was in a terrible quandary as to the proper course to pursue; whether to keep on in search of Professor Porter, at the almost certain risk of his own death in the jungle by night, or to return to the cabin where he might at least serve to protect Jane from the perils which confronted her on all sides.
And yet you used to be in such a quandary because you knew nobody you could make your women-folk out of
And, while Jerry slew it, knowing that the lust of killing, once started, would lead him to continue killing the silly birds, Agno left the laying-yard to hot-foot it through the mangrove swamp and present to Bashti an ecclesiastical quandary.
Had she refused, he would have been in a quandary, for his tambo would not have permitted him to lay hands on her.
It was his mate who relieved him from the quandary in which he found himself.