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Dilemma

Dilemma (di-lem’-ma): Offering to an opponent a choice between two (equally unfavorable) alternatives.

Let’s see–you spent all the money that you borrowed from me, and now it’s time to pay me back.  You knew ‘paying back’ was part of the deal and you have not shown any interest in paying me back.

So,  which are you going to do: work off what you borrowed by working around the house and yard, or taking out a loan from a real bank and paying me back.

What’s it going to be: work it off, or take out another loan?

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu)

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Dilemma

Dilemma (di-lem’-ma): Offering to an opponent a choice between two (equally unfavorable) alternatives.

You have told us you are a kind man. Yet you’ve repeatedly beaten your children.

You have told us you are generous man. Yet you wear silk, gold rings, and silver buckles while your family sits here in rags, shoeless.

Clearly, you are a liar and miscreant. Now, tell us which of your misdeeds is worse: beating your children or depriving your family?

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu)

Dilemma

Dilemma (di-lem’-ma): Offering to an opponent a choice between two (equally unfavorable) alternatives.

Either you made a mistake, or you did it on purpose–either way, you must respond to the accusation.

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu)