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[blahyt] /blaɪt/
Plant Pathology.
  1. the rapid and extensive discoloration, wilting, and death of plant tissues.
  2. 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.
verb (used with object)
to cause to wither or decay; blast:
Frost blighted the crops.
to destroy; ruin; frustrate:
Illness blighted his hopes.
verb (used without object)
to suffer blight.
Origin of blight
First recorded in 1605-15; of uncertain origin
Related forms
blightingly, adverb
unblighted, adjective
unblightedly, adverb
unblightedness, noun
2. curse, plague, scourge, bane. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • He saw the blighting shadow of Asgill begin to darken the scene.

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
  • How the aspiring and imaginative must suffer in an atmosphere so cold and blighting!

  • He had none of the mockery which is so searing and blighting a thing to hot youth.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • Here, myrtles grow, and fear no blasting north, or blighting east.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • He had so little contempt for his foe that he practised a blighting caution.

  • Terrible, blighting, the words were borne to the ears of the girl.

    The Promise James B. Hendryx
  • He may injure my reputation; but far worse, he is blighting his own character.

  • I fear that it portrays some blighting Power of suffering or of grief.


    Edmund Gosse
  • Could you indicate exactly how my blighting effect is produced?

    Regiment of Women Clemence Dane
  • And for blighting all my hot-house plants at a blow—is there credit due to him for that?

    Johnny Ludlow, Fifth Series Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for blighting


any plant disease characterized by withering and shrivelling without rotting See 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
(transitive) to frustrate or disappoint
(transitive) to spoil; destroy
Word Origin
C17: perhaps related to Old English blǣce rash; compare bleach
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Word Origin and History for blighting



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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blighting in Science
  1. Any of numerous plant diseases that cause leaves, stems, fruits, and tissues to wither and die. Rust, mildew, and smut are blights.

  2. The bacterium, fungus, or virus that causes such a disease.

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