- Plant Pathology.
- the rapid and extensive discoloration, wilting, and death of plant tissues.
- a disease so characterized.
- any cause of impairment, destruction, ruin, or frustration: Extravagance was the blight of the family.
- the state or result of being blighted or deteriorated; dilapidation; decay: urban blight.
- to cause to wither or decay; blast: Frost blighted the crops.
- to destroy; ruin; frustrate: Illness blighted his hopes.
- to suffer blight.
Origin of blight
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Examples from the Web for blighted
The ruling will bring back attention to a scandal that blighted the final years of the reign of 76 year-old King Juan Carlos.Spanish Princess Likely To Face Corruption Charges
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His wanderings through the blighted landscape are accompanied by thoughts of resurrection and renewal.Jeffrey Eugenides Hails Donald Antrim’s 'Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World'
June 2, 2012
Could they have done more for their blighted communities than simply build personal fiefdoms and live large?How Will African-American Clergy React to Obama’s ‘Evolution’ on Same-Sex Marriage?
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May 13, 2012
The result is that the district combines the blighted row houses of The Wire and horse country.5 Things to Watch in Maryland’s Republican Primary
April 3, 2012
And they do—demanding his remedies for potholes, blighted houses, unfair property taxes, and countless other concerns.Mitch Landrieu's Tough Challenge
August 16, 2010
He shaded the dinner, cooled the wines, chilled the gravy, and blighted the vegetables.Little Dorrit
Had she not deceived me, injured me—blighted my happiness for life?The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
I have blighted and withered the affections of his heart to that extent that he is not sure of me.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
It is some comfort to know that everything will not be blighted hereabouts.Barnaby Rudge
There can be no doubt about it: we are blighted by the great destructiveness.Mountain Meditations
- any plant disease characterized by withering and shrivelling without rottingSee also potato blight
- any factor, such as bacterial attack or air pollution, that causes the symptoms of blight in plants
- a person or thing that mars or prevents growth, improvement, or prosperity
- an ugly urban district
- the state or condition of being blighted or spoilt
- to cause or suffer a blight
- (tr) to frustrate or disappoint
- (tr) to spoil; destroy
Word Origin and History for blighted
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.
- Any of numerous plant diseases that cause leaves, stems, fruits, and tissues to wither and die. Rust, mildew, and smut are blights.
- The bacterium, fungus, or virus that causes such a disease.