- Plight is a bad or unfortunate situation.
An example of plight is living in poverty.
Poverty is this man's plight.
plight definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English plit, state, condition ; from Anglo-French for Old French pleit, a fold, way of folding, condition (see plait): sense influenced, influence by Middle English plight ; from Old English pliht: see plight
Origin: Middle English plihten ; from Old English plihtan, to pledge, expose to danger ; from pliht, a pledge, danger, akin to pleon, to risk, German pflicht, duty
plight definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English, alteration (influenced by plight, risky promise or pledge) of plit, fold, wrinkle, situation, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin plicitum, neuter past participle of plicāre, to fold; see plek- in Indo-European roots.
transitive verb plight·ed, plight·ing, plights
- To promise or bind by a solemn pledge, especially to betroth.
- To give or pledge (one's word or oath, for example).
Origin: Middle English plighten, from Old English plihtan, to endanger, put at risk, from pliht, danger, risk; see dlegh- in Indo-European roots.
- plightˈer noun
plight - Phrases/Idioms
plight one's troth
- Obsolete to pledge one's truth, or one's word
- to make a promise of marriage
plight (one's) troth
- To become engaged to marry.
- To give one's solemn oath.