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.
to suffer blight.
- blight·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use blight in a sentence
The department is hopeful the signs will raise awareness among city residents about the challenges of tackling vacancies and blight.
Property values, concentrated poverty, blight and all those kinds of things also map really well.
Raised in a household with an abusive father, he left home early to live on the streets of New York, surviving as a teen hustler in a city ravaged by some of the worst crime and economic blight in its history.‘Wojnarowicz’ burns with a queer icon’s brilliant fury | John Paul King | March 24, 2021 | Washington Blade
Instead, Klacik made herself a national sensation with a series of viral videos about urban blight in the Maryland 7th that she parlayed into a primetime speaking slot at the Republican National Convention.The Strongest House Candidates In 2020 Were (Mostly) Moderate | Nathaniel Rakich (email@example.com) | March 23, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
The state holds an annual peach festival, even though it ceased to be the nation’s largest peach producer, due to a blight, more than a century ago.Lovely, little Delaware — long famous for corporations, chickens and credit cards — is ready for its big moment | Karen Heller | January 12, 2021 | Washington Post
For the uninitiated, the film is set on a future Earth whose crops (save corn) have been wiped out by a mysterious blight.Neil deGrasse Tyson Breaks Down ‘Interstellar’: Black Holes, Time Dilations, and Massive Waves | Marlow Stern | November 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Was part of the attraction to the project shining a light in this bizarre blight on America?
She paints the current rodent situation as more than a foul inconvenience, and one that is a particular blight on poorer areas.
In the process, he captured the true spirit of Detroit and its people, all bankruptcy, crime, and urban blight aside.
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 | Sarah Kunst | January 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There is still mademoiselle, with her new-formed friends in Paris—may a pestilence blight them all!St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
The country around Llangollen was beautiful, but the memory of the hotel leaves a blight over all.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
Tokyo might fall under the blight of progress, but Kano would hold to the traditions of his race.The Dragon Painter | Mary McNeil Fenollosa
Is not one bitter trouble sufficient to blight all of a sudden the most peaceful and happy life?Superstition In All Ages (1732) | Jean Meslier
Out in the vegetable area there were first cutworms and then drought and potato blight to be contended with.The Idyl of Twin Fires | Walter Prichard Eaton
British Dictionary definitions for blight
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
(tr) to frustrate or disappoint
(tr) to spoil; destroy
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Scientific definitions for blight
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.
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