- 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 blighting
He saw the blighting shadow of Asgill begin to darken the scene.The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
How the aspiring and imaginative must suffer in an atmosphere so cold and blighting!
He had none of the mockery which is so searing and blighting a thing to hot youth.Mary Gray
Here, myrtles grow, and fear no blasting north, or blighting east.The Young Duke
He had so little contempt for his foe that he practised a blighting caution.Washington and his Comrades in Arms
- 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 blighting
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.