plight

  • 1 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… …

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  • 2 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… …

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  • 3 Plight — (externer Weblink) Panorama Ansicht im Centre Georges Pompidou Plight (Aussprache: [plaɪt]; englische Verballhornung des deutschen Wortes Pflicht; deutsch übersetzt: Not, Verfall, schwierige Lage) ist ein Environment beziehungsweise eine… …

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  • 4 Plight — Plight, n. A network; a plait; a fold; rarely a garment. [Obs.] Many a folded plight. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 Plight — Plight, obs. imp. & p. p. of {Plight}, to pledge. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 6 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 …

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  • 7 plight — plight1 [plīt] n. [ME plit, state, condition < Anglo Fr for OFr pleit, a fold, way of folding, condition (see PLAIT): sense infl. by ME plight < OE pliht: see PLIGHT2] a condition or state of affairs; esp., now, an awkward, sad, or… …

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  • 8 Plight — Plight, obs. imp. & p. p. of {Pluck}. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 9 plight# — plight vb *promise, engage, pledge, covenant, contract plight n *predicament, dilemma, quandary, scrape, fix, jam, pickle Analogous words: situation, condition, *state, posture: *difficulty, rigor, hardship, vicissitude …

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  • 10 plight — Ⅰ. plight [1] ► NOUN ▪ a dangerous or difficult situation. ORIGIN Old French plit fold . Ⅱ. plight [2] ► VERB archaic 1) solemnly pledge or promise (faith or loyalty) …

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  • 11 plight — I noun adverse circumstance, adversity, awkward situation, case, circumstance, condition, corner, crisis, critical situation, difficulty, dilemma, embarrassing position, embarrassing situation, emergency, footing, hardship, imbroglio, lot,… …

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  • 12 plight — [n] dilemma, difficulty; situation bad news*, circumstances, condition, corner*, double trouble*, extremity, fix*, hole*, impasse, jam, perplexity, pickle*, pinch*, predicament, quandary, scrape*, spot*, state*, straits, tight situation, trouble; …

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  • 13 plight — 01. We saw an excellent program on television regarding the [plight] of endangered animals in this country. 02. People with eating disorders sometimes don t realize their [plight] until it is too late. 03. The [plight] of the poor seems to have… …

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  • 14 plight — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ desperate, sad, sorry, tragic ▪ the desperate plight of flood victims ▪ current ▪ economic …

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  • 15 plight — plight1 [plaıt] n [usually singular] [Date: 1300 1400; : Anglo French; Origin: plit, from Latin plictus; PLAIT] a very bad situation that someone is in plight of ▪ the desperate plight of the flood victims ▪ the country s economic plight plight 2 …

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  • 16 plight´er — plight1 «plyt», noun. a condition or situation, now usually bad: »He was in a sad plight when he became ill and had no money. I think myself in better plight for a lender than you are (Shakespeare). SYNONYM(S): dilemma, scrape, fix. See syn.… …

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  • 17 plight — plight1 [ plaıt ] noun count * a sad, serious, or difficult situation: the plight of the poor/homeless/unemployed plight plight 2 [ plaıt ] verb transitive plight your troth an old expression meaning to promise to marry someone …

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  • 18 plight — {{11}}plight (n.) condition or state (usually bad), late 12c., from Anglo Fr. plit, O.Fr. pleit condition (13c.), originally way of folding, from V.L. *plictum, from L. plicitum, neut. pp. of L. plicare to fold, lay (see PLY (Cf. ply) (v.)).… …

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  • 19 plight — I [[t]plaɪt[/t]] n. a distressing condition or situation: to be left in a sorry plight[/ex] • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME plit fold, condition, bad condition < AF (c. MF pleit plait); sp. appar. influenced by plight II in obs. sense “danger” syn …

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  • 20 plight — I. transitive verb Etymology: 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 Date: 13th century to put or give in pledge ; engage <… …

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