Plight - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |plaɪt|  American pronunciation of the word plight
Brit.  |plʌɪt|  British pronunciation of the word plight


- a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one(syn: predicament, quandary)
- a solemn pledge of fidelity (syn: troth)


- give to in marriage (syn: affiance, betroth, engage)
- promise solemnly and formally (syn: pledge)


Think carefully before you plight yourself to such a man.

Economic plight is far worse than had been expected.

the desperate plight of the flood victims

the woeful plight of homeless people

Have you no feeling for the plight of the homeless?

...someone who displayed a startling complacence toward his own financial plight...

Huckelberry decided to use the owl's plight as the impetus to craft a comprehensive conservation plan.

The book follows the plight of an orphaned Irish girl who marries into New York society.

We should all consider the plight of the less fortunate.

The plight of the refugees immediately grabbed the headlines (=was the most important story in the newspapers).

The plight of the refugees had tugged at the nation's heart.

Her plight has touched the hearts of people around the world.

he remained impassive, showing neither interest in nor concern for our plight

Word forms

I/you/we/they: plight
he/she/it: plights
present participle: plighting
past tense: plighted
past participle: plighted
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