- 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
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|Sarah Kunst|January 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Others announced layoffs and cutbacks and every manner of cancer and blight.
We went on—the Blight thrilled, for she had heard much of our volunteer force at the Gap and had seen something already.A Knight of the Cumberland|John Fox Jr.
I can be to you nothing but a blight or burden, nothing but a source of privation and anguish.The Disowned, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
A blight of the same kind can be traced to the attempt of the state to play the paternal rôle.
Blight appears on apple trees in three forms, as blossom blight, as twig blight, and as blight cankers.Apple Growing|M. C. Burritt
Also, now that she had gone, the extent to which Miss Hobson had acted as a blight was universally recognized.The Adventures of Sally|P. G. Wodehouse
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.