- 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
Related Words for plightedaffianced, intended, betrothed, hooked, steady, bound, committed, contracted, pinned, ringed, future
Examples from the Web for plighted
Historical Examples of plighted
Your niece has plighted her faith to me, and I have plighted mine to her.Barnaby Rudge
Then she described the scene in the sick room and how Nat and Grace had plighted troth.Keziah Coffin
Joseph C. Lincoln
Yet you sought to dispose of her against her heart, against her nature, against her plighted word.St. Martin's Summer
Probably, indeed, the lad would side with them, despite his plighted word.The Tavern Knight
To the chains of duty, honor, gratitude, had been added that of his plighted word.Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer
Cyrus Townsend Brady
- a condition of extreme hardship, danger, etc
Word Origin for plight
- 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 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."