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plight 1

A situation, especially a bad or unfortunate one. See Synonyms at predicament.

[Middle English, alteration (influenced by plight, risky promise or pledge) of plit, fold, wrinkle, situation, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin plicitum, neuter past participle of plicāre, to fold; see plek- in Indo-European roots.]

plight 2

tr.v. plight·ed, plight·ing, plights
1. To promise or bind by a solemn pledge, especially to betroth.
2. To give or pledge (one's word or oath, for example).
A solemn pledge, as of faith.
plight (one's) troth
1. To become engaged to marry.
2. To give one's solemn oath.

[Middle English plighten, from Old English plihtan, to endanger, put at risk, from pliht, danger, risk; see dlegh- in Indo-European roots.]

plight′er n.
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32) But when he rounds on Cleopatra, Antony calls Thidias 'a Fellow that will take rewards' (TLN 2301) and sees her hand as a 'Kingly Seale / And plighter of high hearts' (TLN 2303-04); when Thidias is brought back by a servant, Antony tells him he has been whipped for 'following' Caesar (TLN 2317) and sees his whipping as aversion therapy as far as 'the white hand of a Lady' (TLN 2318) is concerned.
The impressive list of CEO and CTO speakers ranged from Harry Sloan, of MGM Studios, and Robert Iger, of the Walt Disney Company, to Tero Ojanpera, of Nokia, and Chad Hurley, of YouTube, with plighter notes added by Daniel Lyons, the senior editor of Forbes magazine and author of Steve Jobs' parody blog, The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs.
By contrast to the Roman emphasis on written and sealed contracts, for Cleopatra (as Antony acknowledges) a "Kingly Seale, / And plighter of high hearts" is not made of wax and affixed to a letter, but "My play-fellow, your hand" (3.