Origin of plight1
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historical usage of plight
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.
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Other definitions for plight (2 of 2)
Origin of plight2
historical usage of plight
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.”
OTHER WORDS FROM plightplighter, nounun·plight·ed, adjective
How to use plight in a sentence
So maybe the plight of self-realization is more tangible than in previous generations, but that doesn’t mean that other generations aren’t experiencing existential anxiety.'Death is a Turning Point': Search Party's Creators Discuss Season 4 and the Shocking Finale Twist|Andrew R. Chow|January 28, 2021|Time
The legislation would ease the plight of people like Ahmad Ghabboun, who was the focus of ProPublica’s article.New Bill Proposes Stopping Unemployment Agencies That Make Mistakes From Demanding Money Back|by Ava Kofman|December 9, 2020|ProPublica
“I’ve met the young people at our shows and some have visited my home to share their plight,” Bailey tells Essence, noting that a percentage of ticket sales from Earth, Wind & Fire concerts are designated for the foundation.Earth, Wind & Fire’s Philip Bailey Hosts Virtual Holiday Gala|cmurray|December 3, 2020|Essence.com
However, with criticism of its market power mounting, and the pandemic highlighting the plight of essential workers, some groups see a bigger opportunity this year to share their concerns.Thousands of Amazon workers will walk off the job today to fight for fair pay and COVID protections|Ian Mount|November 27, 2020|Fortune
Her friends and colleagues learned of her plight from her sister’s Facebook updates.Two School Districts Had Different Mask Policies. Only One Had a Teacher on a Ventilator.|by Annie Waldman and Heather Vogell|November 23, 2020|ProPublica
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.
In my dark corner, in my comfortable chair, I could smile to myself as I watched his plight and that of his companions.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd
His passion for her surged up, aroused by pity for her plight, and awakened in him a sense of his brutality.Mistress Wilding|Rafael Sabatini
There was no beam under that roof, upon which he could alight; and how he bore his plight I did not wait to see.
Gentlemen:—I am in a sad plight to say much of interest—too thoroughly incapacitated to do justice to you or myself.Portrait and Biography of Parson Brownlow, The Tennessee Patriot|William Gannaway Brownlow
Rich and poor were in the same plight, and the young would soon be as weak as the old already were.Ireland Under the Tudors, Vol. II (of 3)|Richard Bagwell
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