- a condition, state, or situation, especially an unfavorable or unfortunate one: to find oneself in a sorry plight.
Origin of plight1
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- to pledge (one's troth) in engagement to marry.
- to bind (someone) by a pledge, especially of marriage.
- to give in pledge, as one's word, or to pledge, as one's honor.
- Archaic. pledge.
Origin of plight2
Examples from the Web for plight
The international community should do more to protect the plight of these people.What It’s Like to Be an Atheist in Palestine
Waleed al-Husseini, Movements.Org
December 8, 2014
There seems to be a proactive disregard for knowing or caring about their lives and plight.Ferguson, Immigration, and ‘Us Vs. Them’
November 27, 2014
In most cases, no wants to talk about sexual assault, the rape-kit backlog, or the plight of victims and their families.How I Stopped My Rapist
November 24, 2014
Daniels says, championing the plight of an ethical news producer.‘Newsroom’ Premiere: Aaron Sorkin Puts CNN on Blast Over the Boston Bombing
November 10, 2014
Such has been the plight thus far of Anne Hathaway on the Interstellar promo tour.Do We Still Hate Anne Hathaway?
November 5, 2014
He had one hand still upon her arm, and he was laughing openly at her plight.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
You see me in the plight in which I came out of the packet within this half-hour.Little Dorrit
At these words I became eloquent, as young madmen in my plight do.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
It was horrible to plead to him but the panic of her plight drove her on.The Innocent Adventuress
Mary Hastings Bradley
In this plight I came upon him, and challenged him to stand and face me.The Suitors of Yvonne
- a condition of extreme hardship, danger, etc
- to give or pledge (one's word)he plighted his word to attempt it
- to promise formally or pledge (allegiance, support, etc)to plight aid
- plight one's troth
- to make a promise of marriage
- to give one's solemn promise
- archaic, or dialect a solemn promise, esp of engagement; pledge
Word Origin and History for plight
"to pledge" (obsolete except in archaic plight one's troth), from Old English pligtan, plihtan "to endanger, imperil, compromise," verb form of pliht (n.) "danger, risk" (see plight (n.2)). Related: Plighted; plighting.
"condition or state (usually bad)," late 12c., "danger, harm, strife," from Anglo-French plit, pleit, Old French pleit, ploit "condition" (13c.), originally "way of folding," from Vulgar Latin *plictum, from Latin plicitum, neuter past participle of Latin plicare "to fold, lay" (see ply (v.1)).
Originally in neutral sense (as in modern French en bon plit "in good condition"), sense of "harmful state" (and current spelling) probably is from convergence and confusion with plight (n.2) via notion of "entangling risk, pledge or promise with great risk to the pledger."
"pledge," mid-13c., "pledge, promise," usually involving risk or loss in default, from Old English pliht "danger, risk, peril, damage," from Proto-Germanic *pleg- (cf. Old Frisian plicht "danger, concern, care," Middle Dutch, Dutch plicht "obligation, duty," Old High German pfliht, German Pflicht "obligation, duty" (see plight (v.)). Cf. Old English plihtere "look-out man at the prow of a ship," plihtlic "perilous, dangerous."