plightful

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English plightful, plihtful, equivalent to plight +‎ -ful.

Adjective[edit]

plightful (comparative more plightful, superlative most plightful)

  1. Full of risk or danger; risky; dangerous; perilous.
    • 1965, Francis X. Corrigan, Middle English readings in translation:
      This is their doom that here in sin Lie and their sins will not cease; But would they think about Judgment Day, It behooves them to leave their plightful play.
    • 2005, Curt Bissonette, Noble Stone:
      Athelstan said, in a much more serious way, “It is truly a plightful time for the Angles, and it always has been, as far back as I can remember. The Northmen kill or at least mar all that they touch.
  2. Full of plight; plighted; pledged; devoted.
    • 1866, Henry J. Verlander, The bride of Rougemont:
      She liv'd and lov'd.―I wedded two. 'The Devil!'―Yes. What could I do? To her I ow'd my plightful vow, To Ruth, my life, and freedom now.

Etymology 2[edit]

From plight +‎ -ful.

Adjective[edit]

plightful (comparative more plightful, superlative most plightful)

  1. Indicating plight; dire; grim; grievous.
    • 2009, Dr. Ulas Basar Gezgin, Vietnam & Asia in Flux, 2008:
      For example, poor villagers can destroy the forests because of their plightful conditions.
  2. Pitiful.
    • 1972, Commonweal: Volume 96:
      In some surreal and inevitable moment, some jingle-jangle wee hour of morning, they may even have shared billing on the same campus stage: joined harmonics and harmonics, strummed out some plightful version of "Musee des Beaux Arts" [...]