[ noun ] a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one
: "finds himself in a most awkward predicament" "the woeful plight of homeless people"
Used in print(Guy Endore, Voltaire! Voltaire!...)
How , for_example , could a Voltaire understand the strange predicament in which a Rousseau would find himself when , soon after the furor of his first Discourse , he acquired still another title to fame ?