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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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Pledged to marry:
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And thus the words were spoken, And this the plighted vow, And, though my faith be broken, And, though my heart be broken, Behold the golden token That proves me happy now!
Your niece has plighted her faith to me, and I have plighted mine to her.