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NOUN (2)

1. a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one;
- Example: "finds himself in a most awkward predicament"
- Example: "the woeful plight of homeless people"
[syn: predicament, quandary, plight]

2. a solemn pledge of fidelity;
[syn: plight, troth]


VERB (2)

1. give to in marriage;
[syn: betroth, engage, affiance, plight]

2. promise solemnly and formally;
- Example: "I pledge that I will honor my wife"
[syn: pledge, plight]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Plight \Plight\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Plighted; p. pr. & vb. n. Plighting.] [AS. plihtan to expose to danger, pliht danger;cf. D. verplichten to oblige, engage, impose a duty, G. verpflichten, Sw. f["o]rplikta, Dan. forpligte. See Plight, n.] 1. 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. " To do them plighte their troth." --Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster] He plighted his right hand Unto another love, and to another land. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] Here my inviolable faith I plight. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To promise; to engage; to betroth. [1913 Webster] Before its setting hour, divide The bridegroom from the plighted bride. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Plight \Plight\, obs. imp. & p. p. of Plight, to pledge. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Plight \Plight\, obs. imp. & p. p. of Pluck. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Plight \Plight\, v. t. [OE. pliten; probably through Old French, fr. LL. plectare, L. plectere. See Plait, Ply.] To weave; to braid; to fold; to plait.[Obs.] "To sew and plight." --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] A plighted garment of divers colors. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Plight \Plight\, n. A network; a plait; a fold; rarely a garment. [Obs.] "Many a folded plight." --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Plight \Plight\, n. [OE. pliht danger, engagement, AS. pliht danger, fr. ple['o]n to risk; akin to D. plicht duty, G. pflicht, Dan. pligt. [root]28. Cf. Play.] 1. That which is exposed to risk; that which is plighted or pledged; security; a gage; a pledge. "That lord whose hand must take my plight." --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. [Perh. the same word as plight a pledge, but at least influenced by OF. plite, pliste, ploit, ploi, a condition, state; cf. E. plight to fold, and F. pli a fold, habit, plier to fold, E. ply.] Condition; state; -- risk, or exposure to danger, often being implied; as, a luckless plight. "Your plight is pitied." --Shak. [1913 Webster] To bring our craft all in another plight --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

plight n 1: 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" [syn: predicament, quandary, plight] 2: a solemn pledge of fidelity [syn: plight, troth] v 1: give to in marriage [syn: betroth, engage, affiance, plight] 2: promise solemnly and formally; "I pledge that I will honor my wife" [syn: pledge, plight]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

174 Moby Thesaurus words for "plight": adverse circumstances, adversity, affiance, affliction, aggravation, annoyance, assurance, assure, avouch, avouchment, baffle, bafflement, bearings, become engaged, betroth, bewilderment, bind, blight, bother, box, breakers ahead, bummer, cardhouse, care, case, catch-22, cause for alarm, circumstance, circumstances, clutch, complication, condition, confoundment, confusion, contract, contract an engagement, corner, countersign, covenant, crisis, cross, crunch, curse, danger, dangerous ground, difficulties, difficulty, dilemma, discomposure, disconcert, disconcertedness, disconcertion, disconcertment, disturbance, downer, embarrassing position, embarrassment, emergency, endangerment, engage, engagement, enigma, estate, extremity, faith, fine how-do-you-do, fix, footing, gaping chasm, gathering clouds, guarantee, hard knocks, hard life, hard lot, hardcase, hardship, hazard, hell to pay, hobble, hole, hot water, house of cards, how-do-you-do, imbroglio, imperilment, irritation, jam, jeopardy, location, lot, make a promise, menace, mess, mix, modality, mode, morass, mystery, nonplus, oath, parlous straits, parole, pass, peril, perplexity, perturbation, pickle, pinch, place, pledge, position, posture, pother, predicament, pressure, pretty pass, pretty pickle, pretty predicament, problem, promise, publish the banns, puzzle, puzzlement, quagmire, quandary, quicksand, rank, riddle, rigor, risk, rocks ahead, scrape, sea of troubles, situation, slough, solemn declaration, spot, squeeze, standing, state, station, status, stew, sticky wicket, storm clouds, strait, straits, stress, stress of life, swamp, swear, thin ice, threat, tight spot, tight squeeze, tightrope, trial, tribulation, tricky spot, troth, trouble, troubles, unassuredness, underwrite, unholy mess, upset, vale of tears, vicissitude, vouch, vow, warrant, warranty, word, word of honor