[singular] a difficult and sad situation the plight of the homeless The African elephant is in a desperate plight. Word Originnoun Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French plit
‘fold’. The -gh- spelling is by association with plight (verb).Extra examples the desperate plight of flood victims the plight of the 1.5 million refugees A neighbour heard of her plight and offered to help. He has expressed deep concern about the plight of the flood victims. There are better ways to highlight the plight of the homeless.