Definition of Quandary

1. Noun. A situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one. "The woeful plight of homeless people"

Exact synonyms: Plight, Predicament
Specialized synonyms: Care, Box, Corner, Hot Water
Generic synonyms: Difficulty



2. Noun. State of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options.
Exact synonyms: Dilemma
Generic synonyms: Perplexity
Specialized synonyms: Double Bind

Definition of Quandary

1. n. A state of difficulty or perplexity; doubt; uncertainty.

2. v. t. To bring into a state of uncertainty, perplexity, or difficulty.

Definition of Quandary

1. Noun. A state of not knowing what to decide; a state of difficulty or perplexity; a state of uncertainty, hesitation or puzzlement; a pickle; a predicament. ¹

2. Noun. A dilemma, a difficult decision or choice. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Quandary

1. a dilemma [n -RIES] - See also: dilemma

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Quandary

qualmishness
qualmishnesses
qualmless
qualmlessly
qualms
qualmy
qualophile
qualophiles
qualtagh
quamash
quamashes
quamoclit
quandang
quandangs
quandaries
quandary (current term)
quandies
quandong
quandong nut
quandong tree
quandongs
quandry
quandy
quango
quangocracies
quangocracy
quangocrat
quangocrats
quangos
quannet

Literary usage of Quandary

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1. Sunshine and shadow in New York by Matthew Hale Smith (1869)
"But New York women and men believe as firmly in ghosts as they did in Massachusetts in the time of the Salem witchcraft. A BAPTIST MINISTER IN A quandary. ..."

2. A Masque of Poets: Including Guy Vernon, a Novelette in Verse by George Parsons Lathrop, Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau, Sarah C. Catch, Louisa May Alcott, Sidney Lanier (1878)
"A quandary. 'T'ELL my lady she is fair ? That no news is, truly. Tell her she is sweet and rare, Pure and lovely past compare ? Will it strike her newly ? ..."

3. Public Papers of George Clinton, First Governor of New York, 1777-1795, 1801 by George Clinton, New York (State). Governor, 1801-1804 (George Clinton), Hugh Hastings, James Austin Holden, New York (State). State Historian (1900)
"William Duer in a quandary. Dear sir, I have had for some Time past a Considerable Sum of the Public money in my Hands, which the Delegates of the State of ..."

4. Ten Years in Washington: Life and Scenes in the National Capital, as a Woman by Mary Clemmer (1874)
"... Book Shelves—Silent Study— "Abstracting " Books—Amusing Adventure—A Senator in a quandary— Making Love under Difficulties—Library Regulations—Privileged ..."

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