Quandary N

Part of Speech: Noun

Definition: a state of perplexity or uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation

Sentence in The Odyssey: "Besides, mother is in a quandary, whether to stay with me as mistress of our household, honoring her lord's bed, and opinion in the town, or take the best Akhaian who comes her way-the one who offers most" (291).

Original Sentence: The fireman was in a quandary about what to do because he wanted to enter the flaming house to save the family's dog, but he was also worried for his own safety.

Synonyms: predicament, dilemma, difficult situation