plight


1plight

verb \ˈplīt\

Definition of PLIGHT

transitive verb
:  to put or give in pledge :  engage <plight his troth>
plight·er noun

Origin of PLIGHT

Middle English, from Old English plihtan to endanger, from pliht danger; akin to Old English plēon to expose to danger, Old High German pflegan to take care of
First Known Use: 13th century

2plight

noun \ˈplīt\

Definition of PLIGHT

:  a solemnly given pledge :  engagement

Origin of PLIGHT

(see 1plight)
First Known Use: 13th century

3plight

noun \ˈplīt\

Definition of PLIGHT

:  an unfortunate, difficult, or precarious situation

Examples of PLIGHT

  1. Huckelberry decided to use the owl's plight as the impetus to craft a comprehensive conservation plan. —Terry McCarthy, Time, 4 Apr. 2005

Origin of PLIGHT

Middle English plight, plit danger, condition, in part from Old English pliht; in part from Anglo-French plit, pleit, pli condition, plight, literally, bending, fold — more at plait
First Known Use: 13th century

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