Predicament – A difficult and unpleasant situation
You could predict that if it was mentioned (predicament), it would cause a difficult and unpleasant situation – it was the 'elephant in the room'.
Examples of predicament in a sentence
Because I do not want to end up in a financial predicament, I always pay my bills on time.
Heather found herself in the awful predicament of being late for her exam.
When the kitten reached the top of the tree, it realized its predicament and became frightened.