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plight

noun [S] uk   /plaɪt/ us  
C2 an unpleasant condition, especially a serious, sad, or difficult one: the plight of the poor/homeless Few of us can be unmoved by the plight of the refugees.

plight

verb uk   /plaɪt/ old use or humorous us  
plight your troth to (promise to) marry
Translations of “plight”
in Spanish drama, situación grave…
in French situation critique…
in German die Notlage…
in Chinese (Traditional) 困境,窘境…
in Russian тяжелое положение…
in Turkish zor ve nahoş bir durum, dram, acıklı durum…
in Chinese (Simplified) 困境,窘境…
in Polish niedola, (ciężki) los…
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