Predicament. Predicamentum is the Latin equivalent of
the ten predicaments mean the ten categories.
In modern conversation (I suppose scarcely in
writing), the word has acquired the sense of
disagreeable situation. A predicament is understood to mean a
When or how this arose it may be difficult to say. Shakespeare, in the
"Merchant of Venice," uses the word in a sense somewhat intermediate to
its technical and its modern colloquial signification:
"In which predicament I say thou stand'st."
In French, predicament is conversationally used as with us in the sense
of situation, but equally for a pleasant and an unpleasant one.