- 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 blighted
The ruling will bring back attention to a scandal that blighted the final years of the reign of 76 year-old King Juan Carlos.Spanish Princess Likely To Face Corruption Charges|Tom Sykes|June 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His wanderings through the blighted landscape are accompanied by thoughts of resurrection and renewal.Jeffrey Eugenides Hails Donald Antrim’s 'Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World'|Jeffrey Eugenides|June 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Could they have done more for their blighted communities than simply build personal fiefdoms and live large?How Will African-American Clergy React to Obama’s ‘Evolution’ on Same-Sex Marriage?|Mansfield Frazier, Larry Durstin|May 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The result is that the district combines the blighted row houses of The Wire and horse country.5 Things to Watch in Maryland’s Republican Primary|Ben Jacobs|April 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And they do—demanding his remedies for potholes, blighted houses, unfair property taxes, and countless other concerns.
He gave me the impression of a man naturally buoyant, genial, witty, whose life had been blighted by some great sorrow.The Uttermost Farthing|R. Austin Freeman
The hopes which Barney cherished, however, were destined to be blighted, at least in part.Martin Rattler|R.M. Ballantyne
But she had not the heart to blight his joy with sarcasm, and perhaps no sarcasm would have blighted it.The Kentons|William Dean Howells
And then—I wandered on, musing on the doubtful future, on my blighted hopes.Christ in Flanders|Honore de Balzac
Tracing the blighted past, I am only left to sadden at that gentleness which never came from love!Godolphin, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
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.