She remembered the blighting kisses and then the averted disaster.
He had so little contempt for his foe that he practised a blighting caution.
A dread fell upon both the men, blighting the joy with which they welcomed her back to life.
How the aspiring and imaginative must suffer in an atmosphere so cold and blighting!
The blighting curse of logical Buddhism has been considerably relieved by various circumstances.
He had none of the mockery which is so searing and blighting a thing to hot youth.
"I'll give you some fried fish-hooks," Pee-wee shot back with blighting sarcasm.
Here, myrtles grow, and fear no blasting north, or blighting east.
No cold winds of importance seem then to have blown with blighting effect from glaciated or snow-clad districts.
There is no escape from it; no hope for the boy, once its blighting grip is upon him.
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.