- the rapid and extensive discoloration, wilting, and death of plant tissues.
- a disease so characterized.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of blight
Synonyms for blight
Related Words for blightmildew, decay, scourge, eyesore, canker, pest, affliction, fungus, infestation, mar, taint, curse, pestilence, dump, withering, evil, bane, sight, contamination, woe
Examples from the Web for blight
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of blight
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
Word Origin 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.