- 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 blighting
In the solitude of his legal sanctum, Richard Gilbert, with frowning brow and gloomy eyes, read this blighting epistle.Norine's Revenge; Sir Noel's Heir|May Agnes Fleming
Vice spread through all ranks, often blighting the innocent no less than the guilty woman.Women of the Teutonic Nations|Hermann Schoenfeld
To my mind, in the wasteful and blighting influences of slave labor there is a solemn and warning moral.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)|John Greenleaf Whittier
Apples as of a fresh and new creation that no blighting bug or worm had yet found out.The World on Wheels and Other Sketches|Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin) Taylor
People turned up: blighting bores that I wouldn't have dared to inflict on you.The Glimpses of the Moon|Edith Wharton
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.