Origin of plight1
verb (used with object)
Origin of plight2
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
Word Origin for plight
- to make a promise of marriage
- to give one's solemn promise
Word Origin 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."