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Princeton's WordNet

  1. predicament, quandary, plightnoun

    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, trothverb

    a solemn pledge of fidelity

  3. betroth, engage, affiance, plightverb

    give to in marriage

  4. pledge, plightverb

    promise solemnly and formally

    "I pledge that I will honor my wife"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Plightnoun

    Etymology: This word Stephen Skinner imagines to be derived from the Dutch, plicht, office or employment; but Franciscus Junius observes, that pliht , Saxon, signifies distress or pressing danger; whence, I suppose, plight was derived, it being generally used in a bad sense.

    When as the careful dwarf had told,
    And made ensample of their mournful sight
    Unto his master, he no longer would
    There dwell in peril of like painful plight. Fa. Queen.

    I think myself in better plight for a lender than you are. William Shakespeare.

    Beseech your highness,
    My women may be with me; for, you see,
    My plight requires it. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    They in lowliest plight repentant stood
    Praying. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xi.

    Thou must not here
    Lie in this miserable loathsome plight. John Milton.

    Most perfect hero tried in heaviest plight
    Of labours huge and hard. John Milton.

    Who abuseth his cattle and starves them for meat,
    By carting or plowing, his gaine is not great;
    Where he that with labour can use them aright,
    Hath gaine to his comfort, and cattel in plight. Thomas Tusser.

    That lord, whose hand must take my plight, shall carry Half my love with him, half my care and duty. William Shakespeare.

    Yclad, for fear of scorching air,
    All in a silken camus, lilly white,
    Purfled upon with many a folded plight. Fairy Queen.

  2. To Plightverb

    Etymology: plichten, Dutch.

    He plighted his right hand
    Unto another love, and to another land. Fairy Queen.

    Saint Withold
    Met the night mare, and her name told,
    Bid her alight, and her troth plight. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    I again in Henry’s royal name,
    Give thee her hand for sign of plighted faith. William Shakespeare.

    Here my inviolable faith I plight,
    Lo, thou be my defence, I, thy delight. Dryden.

    New loves you seek,
    New vows to plight, and plighted vows to break. Dryden.

    I’ll never mix my plighted hands with thine,
    While such a cloud of mischiefs hangs about us. Addison.

    Her head she fondly would aguise
    With gaudie girlonds, or fresh flowrets dight
    About her neck, or rings of rushes plight. Fairy Queen.

    I took it for a fairy vision
    Of some gay creatures of the element,
    That in the colours of the rainbow live,
    And play i’ th’ plighted clouds. John Milton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plight

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

  2. Plight

    imp. & p. p. of Pluck

  3. Plightverb

    to weave; to braid; to fold; to plait

  4. Plightnoun

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

  5. Plightnoun

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

  6. Plightnoun

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

  7. Plightnoun

    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. Plightnoun

    to promise; to engage; to betroth

  9. Etymology: [OE. pliten; probably through Old French, fr. LL. plectare, L. plectere. See Plait, Ply.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Plight

    plīt, n. something exposed to risk: security: pledge: engagement: promise.—v.t. to pledge: to promise solemnly: to give as security.—n. Plight′er, one who, or that which, plights. [A.S. pliht, risk, danger—plión, to imperil; cog. with Dut. pligt, Ger. pflicht, an obligation.]

  2. Plight

    plīt, n. condition: state (either good or bad). [O. Fr. plite—L. plicitus, plicāre, to fold.]

  3. Plight

    plīt, v.t. to plait, to braid, to weave.—n. (Spens.) a plait, a fold. [L. plectĕre, freq. of plicäre, to fold.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of plight in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of plight in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of plight in a Sentence

  1. Paul Chavez:

    We made it a point to ensure that our listeners understood that the plight of African Americans is the plight of the Latino community, while we may come from different backgrounds, we share the same plight and we share the same dreams.

  2. Federica Mogherini:

    With this bold agenda, the European Union has proven itself ready to address the plight of those escaping from wars, persecution and poverty, migration is a shared responsibility of all member states and all member states are called now to contribute to tackling this historical challenge.

  3. Mickey Mehta:

    Be a lover and not a fighter. Being a lover gives you all the magical might but as a fighter it's an ugly plight. Win this world with love don't terrorize, love one love all simply MickeyMize.

  4. James Hansford:

    We thought that they had historically been much more resilient to human effects, but in fact they've actually been suffering for much longer than we thought, this will hopefully highlight the plight of gibbons and other primates in particular.

  5. Murali Dhidkar:

    Government officials do not come to the village and listen to our plight. Just a few days ago, my neighbor burnt himself alive.

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