- 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 blight
Increasingly, cities long left to rot are rising from the ashes of blight as they try to become shining examples of new urbanism.A Tech Millionaire Bets on the Urban Revival of Downtown Las Vegas
January 16, 2014
Others announced layoffs and cutbacks and every manner of cancer and blight.Books Aren't Dying
February 27, 2009
Flowers in Summer warmth delight:— What of Winter and its blight?What Sami Sings with the Birds
Was poverty going to blight their spring with its chill breath?Doctor Pascal
They moved on, little dreaming of the ruin and blight they had left behind them.Pretty Madcap Dorothy
Laura Jean Libbey
Yields largely and is less liable to blight than any other variety.
There is a blight on the land; the people are starving—dying.The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. II (of II)
Charles James Lever
- 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 blight
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.