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1blight

noun \ˈblīt\

: a disease that makes plants dry up and die

: something that causes harm or damage like a disease

: a damaged condition

Full Definition of BLIGHT

1
a :  a disease or injury of plants marked by the formation of lesions, withering, and death of parts (as leaves and tubers)
b :  an organism (as an insect or a fungus) that causes blight
2
:  something that frustrates plans or hopes
3
:  something that impairs or destroys
4
:  a deteriorated condition <urban blight>

Examples of BLIGHT

  1. the city's spreading urban blight
  2. <the expanding urban sprawl is a blight on the countryside>

Origin of BLIGHT

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1578

2blight

verb

: to damage (plants) with a disease

: to damage (a thing or place)

Full Definition of BLIGHT

transitive verb
1
:  to affect (as a plant) with blight
2
:  to impair the quality or effect of <the condition that has blighted his son's life — Patricia Guthrie>
intransitive verb
:  to suffer from or become affected with blight

Examples of BLIGHT

  1. Builders blighted the land with malls and parking lots.

First Known Use of BLIGHT

1664

blight

noun \ˈblīt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BLIGHT

Australian :  an inflammation of the eye in which the eyelids discharge a thick mucous substance that often seals them up for days and minute granular pustules develop inside the lid—called also sandy blight

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