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plight1

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Pronunciation: /plʌɪt
 
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noun

A dangerous, difficult, or otherwise unfortunate situation: we must direct our efforts towards relieving the plight of children living in poverty
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  • They wept over the plight of the unfortunate individual and his difficult life of travail.
  • Never mind the irony of the situation - the plight of those we went to help along the coast, just a few kilometres south.
  • I am fully sympathetic with their plight and the difficult conditions under which they often have to survive.

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French plit 'fold'. The -gh- spelling is by association with plight2.

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Pronunciation: /plʌɪt
 
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verb

[with object] archaic
1Pledge or solemnly promise (one’s faith or loyalty): men to plighted vows were faithful
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  • Betrothal vows were often as binding as wedding vows, and ‘plighting the troth’ was often an excuse to consummate the marriage ahead of the actual ceremony.
  • It was further matured, and the faith of all the then thirteen States expressly plighted and engaged that it should be perpetual, by the Articles of Confederation in 1778.
  • When she reaches the subject of current events, however, she seems to me to verge on the fantasy to which policy now appears plighted, and which events seem unable to dislodge.
1.1 (be plighted to) Be engaged to be married to.
Example sentences
  • Leye. having been plighted to Konnon, is joined to him in spirit after her death.
  • The hero tells the heroine that he has nothing to give her, and is plighted to another woman.

Origin

Old English plihtan 'endanger', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch plicht and German Pflicht 'duty'. The current sense is recorded only from Middle English, but is probably original, in view of the related Germanic words.

Phrases

plight one's troth

1
see troth.

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