Dilemma vs Pitfall - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between dilemma and pitfall
is that dilemma
is dilemma (a situation with two (or more) alternatives to choose from, and where all alternatives are unsatisfactory or undesirable
) while pitfall
is a potential problem, hazard, or danger that is easily encountered but not immediately obvious.
A circumstance in which a choice must be made between two or more alternatives that seem equally undesirable.
* Jonathan Swift
A difficult circumstance or problem.
(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 strong dilemma in a desperate case! / To act with infamy, or quit the place.
* The sense of a difficult circumstance or problem is considered non-standard[by whom?].
* Occasionally spelled/misspelled as dilemna'', perhaps originally via false analogy with words such as ''condemn'', ''solemn'', and ''hymn . This spelling has been reportedly taught in many regions of Great Britain and the United States as well as around the world; and can be found in the works of many well-known authors (e.g. Watts, Defroe & Goldsmith).
World Wide Words: Dilemma
* (circumstance in which a choice must be made between two alternatives)
* (any difficult circumstance) bind, fix, pickle, problem, quandary
* See also
* on the horns of a dilemma
* between a rock and a hard place
* between the devil and the deep blue sea
* between Scylla and Charybdis
* Buridan's ass
a potential problem, hazard, or danger that is easily encountered but not immediately obvious.
A type of trap consisting of a concealed hole in the ground: victims fall into the hole and are unable to escape
(computing) An anti-pattern.
- It's usually a simple task, but you should know the pitfalls before you attempt it yourself.
* : trap
* : anti-pattern, dark pattern