blight

noun
\ ˈblīt \

Definition of blight 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 botany

a : a disease or injury of plants marked by the formation of lesions, withering, and death of parts (such as leaves and tubers) potato blight

b : an organism (such as an insect or a fungus) that causes blight

2 : something that frustrates plans or hopes the blight of poverty an abandoned factory that was a blight on the neighborhood

3 : something that impairs or destroys … censorship … has brought under its blight Ireland's greatest poets, dramatists, and scholars. —Paul Blanshard

4 : a deteriorated condition urban blight

blight

verb
blighted; blighting; blights

Definition of blight (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 botany : to affect (a plant) with a disease or injury marked by the formation of lesions, withering, and death of parts (such as leaves and tubers) : to affect with blight (see blight entry 1 sense 1) The apple trees were blighted by fungus.

2 : to impair the quality or effect of the condition that has blighted his son's life —Patricia Guthrie

intransitive verb

botany : to suffer from or become affected with blight The potatoes blighted.

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Examples of blight in a Sentence

Noun

the city's spreading urban blight the expanding urban sprawl is a blight on the countryside

Verb

Builders blighted the land with malls and parking lots.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Fire blight looks like someone has burned leaves or a branch, and coryneum blight at first looks like round red spots on leaves, with a dark brown center. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Don’t jump the gun on spring planting | Idaho Statesman," 17 Apr. 2018 Copper is actually a common ingredient in fungicides, and can help fight tomato blight. David Oblas, Good Housekeeping, "13 Really Weird Things Organic Gardeners Do That Actually Work," 29 Mar. 2017 Christina Nutile is a foot soldier in Baltimore’s war on blight. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "Open house at vacant home gives a glimpse at Baltimore's battle with blight," 19 May 2018 Solutions to these social blights require changes to federal laws that handcuff local government's power to protect residents. Jim Righeimer, latimes.com, "After years of supporting Dana Rohrabacher, I am voting for Scott Baugh," 18 May 2018 During a recent Olde Towne-themed forum sponsored by the group Olde Towne Slidell Main Street, both candidates stressed enforcing city codes on blight. Bob Warren, NOLA.com, "Slidell mayor runoff tops Saturday ballot, but will voters show up?," 23 Apr. 2018 To reverse the trend toward blight and population decline in the Arlington Street area, the project will use dialogue to spark renewed pride and foster relationships. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter, cleveland.com, "League of Creative Interventionists selects 4 emerging leaders to improve Akron neighborhoods," 21 Mar. 2018 Then, in 1954, the city’s Planning Commission, an arm of City Council, recommended that 61 acres in Corktown be demolished to remove blight. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Here's what you might not know about Corktown's history," 9 July 2018 Twin eight-story towers are scheduled to come crashing down at 8 a.m. in a move by the city to remove the blight that once was the fashionable Park Place Hotel in a business park off Front Street. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Blighted Kansas City hotel highrise to be imploded Sunday morning," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Yet opinion polls have shown support for his government plummeting as the Catalan independence crisis and ongoing corruption scandals continue to blight his People’s Party. Esteban Duarte, Bloomberg.com, "Rajoy Refuses to Be Written Off as Spanish Rivals Seek Ouster," 26 May 2018 Those changes were a big upgrade from the surface parking lots that used to blight the ballpark’s western flank. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "New hotel stylishly complements Wrigley Field, but can’t match its authenticity," 6 Apr. 2018 The positive vibes weren’t washed away by the Sweden defeat, but those nagging fears that have blighted past campaigns were allowed to creep in again. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Mexico choked and now its World Cup run looks doomed," 27 June 2018 Dembele only joined the Catalans last summer to replace Neymar but injuries have blighted his big money move and left him able to start just three games in all competitions this season. SI.com, "Report Suggests Lionel Messi Will Be 'Happy' to See Teammate Leave Barcelona as Arsenal Prepare Bid," 17 Feb. 2018 But cryptocurrencies aren’t widely used and are blighted by scammers, thieves, and poor security. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "How a Startup Is Using the Blockchain to Protect Your Privacy," 11 July 2018 Since his €105m move from Borussia Dortmund, Dembélé has struggled for form in his first season at the Nou Camp, which has been blighted with injuries. SI.com, "Spanish Report Claims Liverpool Are Planning Sensational Bids for Two Barcelona Stars," 1 June 2018 This is by far the longest a tournament has stretched without being blighted by those double zeroes on the scoreboard when the final whistle blew. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Sorry soccer haters, but this World Cup is absolutely awesome," 25 June 2018 The government is seeking both to clear up pollution that blights city air and feed galloping demand for electricity. Reed Landberg, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Solar Duties Strike At $161 Billion China-Led Industry," 23 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of blight

Noun

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1695, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for blight

Noun

of obscure origin

Verb

verbal derivative of blight entry 1

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blight

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a disease that makes plants dry up and die

: something that causes harm or damage like a disease

: a damaged condition

blight

verb

English Language Learners Definition of blight (Entry 2 of 2)

: to damage (plants) with a disease

: to damage (a thing or place)

blight

noun
\ ˈblīt \

Kids Definition of blight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a disease that makes parts of plants dry up and die

blight

verb
blighted; blighting

Kids Definition of blight (Entry 2 of 2)

: to injure or destroy by or as if by a blight Huge signs blighted the landscape.

blight

noun
\ ˈblīt \

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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