Origin of plight1
The modern meaning of plight “unfavorable condition” and its current spelling arose toward the end of the 14th century, and is due to a conflation with the native Old English plyht, pliht “peril, risk, danger, risky promise or engagement,” a noun that is the source of the unrelated word plight meaning “pledge.” And therein lies the plight of words too similarly spelled—always in danger of being confused with each other.
Definition for plight (2 of 2)
verb (used with object)
Origin of plight2
Related formsplight·er, nounun·plight·ed, adjective
Germanic cognates of plight include Old Frisian plichta “to hand over possession of,” Middle Dutch plichten “to pledge, commit,” Dutch verplichten “to oblige,” and German verpflichten “to oblige, pledge.”
Examples from the Web for plight
The international community should do more to protect the plight of these people.
There seems to be a proactive disregard for knowing or caring about their lives and plight.
In most cases, no wants to talk about sexual assault, the rape-kit backlog, or the plight of victims and their families.
Daniels says, championing the plight of an ethical news producer.‘Newsroom’ Premiere: Aaron Sorkin Puts CNN on Blast Over the Boston Bombing|Kevin Fallon|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Such has been the plight thus far of Anne Hathaway on the Interstellar promo tour.
When Hagen heard the noble warrior's plight, he gave him back his sword and six red arm bands.The Nibelungenlied|Unknown
For a long time she brooded on her plight, vaguely conscious that the only escape from it must come from some external chance.The Reef|Edith Wharton
The judge then asked him whether it was a soldier who had put him in that plight with his sword.Golden Grain|Various
The horror of learning of his friend's plight struck him dumb and suspended the power to move.The Fiery Totem|Argyll Saxby
Olson arrived and seeing the plight of his pets flew into a rage.Wilderness, A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska|Rockwell Kent
British Dictionary definitions for plight (1 of 2)
Word Origin for plight
British Dictionary definitions for plight (2 of 2)
- to make a promise of marriage
- to give one's solemn promise