Increasingly, cities long left to rot are rising from the ashes of blight as they try to become shining examples of new urbanism.
Others announced layoffs and cutbacks and every manner of cancer and blight.
An excellent grade of coffee is produced, and it does not appear that as yet any blight has perceptibly affected the shrubs.
This was the day that Lydia's summer happiness felt the touch of blight.
Meantime a blight had fallen on the earth, and a whole people's food, in one night, perished.
He respectfully mentioned the nature of the blight, and suggested a remedy.
There was the suffering that comes from the blight of a sweet hope, from the rude dispossession of a good long withheld.
Now my sun has reached its meridian, yet she is still there, a blight upon the land.
No epidemic or disease came to blight the lives of our caterpillars; nor did annoyances of any sort interrupt their spinning.
But in the reign of Queen Elizabeth a blight fell on the Bishops.
1610s, origin obscure; according to OED it emerged into literary speech from the talk of gardeners and farmers, perhaps ultimately from Old English blæce, blæcðu, a scrofulous skin condition and/or from Old Norse blikna "become pale." Used in a general way of agricultural diseases, sometimes with suggestion of "invisible baleful influence;" hence figurative sense of "anything which withers hopes or prospects or checks prosperity" (1828). Cf. slang blighter. Urban blight attested by 1935.
"afflict with blight," 1660s (implied in blighted), from blight (n.). Figurative use by 1712. Related: Blighted; blighting.