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blight

noun \ ˈblīt \
Updated on: 14 May 2018
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

Examples of blight in a Sentence

  1. the city's spreading urban blight

  2. the expanding urban sprawl is a blight on the countryside

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Origin and Etymology of blight

of obscure origin

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blight

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 1blight 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
botany : to suffer from or become affected with blight
  • The potatoes blighted.

Examples of blight in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of blight

verbal derivative of 1blight

BLIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

blight

  • : a disease that makes plants dry up and die

  • : something that causes harm or damage like a disease

  • : a damaged condition


blight

  • : to damage (plants) with a disease

  • : to damage (a thing or place)


BLIGHT Defined for Kids

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blight

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

2

blight

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

Medical Dictionary

blight

noun \ ˈblīt \
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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