Definitions for plightplaɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a distressing condition or situation:

    to be left in a sorry plight.

* Syn: See predicament.

Origin of plight:

1350–1400; ME plit fold, condition, bad condition < AF (c. MF pleitplait ); sp. appar. influenced by plight2 in obs. sense “danger”


  1. to pledge (one's troth) in engagement to marry.

  2. to give in pledge, as one's word, or to pledge, as one's honor.

  3. to bind by a pledge, esp. of marriage.

  4. Ref: pledge .

Origin of plight:

bef. 1000; (n.) ME; OE pliht danger, risk; c. D plicht, G Pflicht obligation; (v.) ME; OE plihtan (der. of the n.) to endanger, risk, pledge


Princeton's WordNet

  1. predicament, quandary, plight(noun)

    a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one

    "finds himself in a most awkward predicament"; "the woeful plight of homeless people"

  2. plight, troth(verb)

    a solemn pledge of fidelity

  3. betroth, engage, affiance, plight(verb)

    give to in marriage

  4. pledge, plight(verb)

    promise solemnly and formally

    "I pledge that I will honor my wife"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plight

    imp. & p. p. of Plight, to pledge

  2. Plight

    imp. & p. p. of Pluck

  3. Plight(verb)

    to weave; to braid; to fold; to plait

  4. Plight(noun)

    a network; a plait; a fold; rarely a garment

  5. Plight(noun)

    that which is exposed to risk; that which is plighted or pledged; security; a gage; a pledge

  6. Plight(noun)

    condition; state; -- risk, or exposure to danger, often being implied; as, a luckless plight

  7. Plight(noun)

    to pledge; to give as a pledge for the performance of some act; as, to plight faith, honor, word; -- never applied to property or goods

  8. Plight(noun)

    to promise; to engage; to betroth

Translations for plight

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a (bad) situation or state

She was in a terrible plight, as she had lost all her money.

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