blight

noun
\ ˈblīt How to pronounce blight (audio) \

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 Bad weather, pests and blights are all to be expected and can often be taken in stride. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "For Farmers of Wine Grapes, the Pandemic Sows Doubts," 14 May 2020 Grey’s Anatomy is nothing short of evil—a scourge, a blight upon our souls. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Every Season of Grey’s Anatomy, Ranked," 24 Apr. 2020 The state Department of Land and Natural Resources confirmed the tree was infected with Ceratocystis huliohia, the less aggressive of the two fungal species responsible for the blight. USA TODAY, "Virus rains on parades, Utah women walk out, teachers strike: News from around our 50 states," 13 Mar. 2020 San Francisco will put to vote next Tuesday a punitive new approach to ending the blight of empty storefronts. Esther Fung, WSJ, "San Francisco Voting Whether to Tax Landlords for Empty Storefronts," 25 Feb. 2020 Stopping the blight of encampments should be a lowest-common-denominator priority of public order and safety. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Homelessness Encampments Aren’t a Constitutional Right," 17 Dec. 2019 The paved path for walkers and bicyclists that cuts through East Boston was once abandoned railroad tracks, a blight that many people shunned. BostonGlobe.com, "Mary Ellen Welch," 27 Oct. 2019 Yonkes, Chicano slang for junkyards, and other blight-causing operations proliferated, resulting not only in the loss of residential structures but in harmful environmental degradation. Eduardo Díaz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fifty Years Ago, Fed Up With the City’s Neglect, a San Diego Community Rose Up to Create Chicano Park," 28 Apr. 2020 The only problem with ajuga is a disease called crown rot, or southern blight. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Neil Sperry: Take all root rot remains a problem for San Antonio lawns," 2 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And as coal slowly exits the energy equation, its legacy could blight the landscape, and public health, for generations. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Coal’s collapse could lead to a landscape of abandoned mines," 23 Apr. 2020 On the Gulf The Deepwater Horizon blowout blighted the Gulf as a whole, not just coastal waters. al, "10 years after Deepwater Horizon disaster: Along Alabama’s Gulf Coast, questions, and work, go on," 19 Apr. 2020 Right now, the full-time politician who's mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey, is fighting a move by reformers saying the blighted, crime-ridden resort town should switch to a city-manager government. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Shortage of city-manager candidates has Detroit suburb delaying search," 3 Feb. 2020 The one catalpa tree is either blighted or a late bloomer. Lee Durkee, Harper's Magazine, "Ride or Die," 30 Mar. 2020 Numerous commercial and residential buildings on Silver Lane that sat boarded and blighted have been removed. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "East Hartford mayor running for fifth term cites challenges, successes," 23 Sep. 2019 Community gardens like this one were, researchers say, are key to stabilizing Philadelphia’s blighted and disinvested neighborhoods over the years and have even reduced violent crime. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "Philly's urban gardeners are under siege from gentrification. Here's what they're doing about it," 16 Apr. 2018 Less than 15% of its students are proficient in math or English, and City Hall is blighted by official corruption. Sean Kennedy, WSJ, "‘The Wire’ Is Finished, but Baltimore Still Bleeds," 7 Feb. 2020 Corbyn’s tenure was blighted, however, by accusations of anti-Semitism among some of his most fervent supporters, often tied to florid conspiracy theories concerning the state of Israel or Jewish bankers. NBC News, "Socialist Jeremy Corbyn to step down as leader of Labour Party after crushing defeat," 13 Dec. 2019

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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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Time Traveler for blight

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The first known use of blight was in 1578

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26 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Blight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blight. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for blight

blight

noun
How to pronounce blight (audio)

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 How to pronounce blight (audio) \

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 How to pronounce blight (audio) \

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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