1. tricky or dangerous situation
1. On the very day that I was to fly back to Mumbai from London, the knapsack containing my passport was stolen: it was the most terrible predicament of my life.
2. dilemma; situation in which you are faced with two equally unattractive options
2. He faced a terrible predicament: if he married the woman he loved, his father would never speak to him again; but if he didn't marry her, he would lose his chance for the greatest happiness life has to offer.
prae (before)#dicare (to proclaim) (Latin) (It is not clear how the meaning of the modern English word developed the Latin original.)
dilemma, predicament, quagmire, quandary
predicament-> sounds like predict. The king called his minister to predict his future putting the poor fellow in a tricky/dangerous situation.