blight·​ed ˈblī-təd How to pronounce blighted (audio)
botany : affected with blight (see blight entry 1 sense 1)
a blighted plant
This pathogen causes blighted flowers, heavy leaf spotting, and the death of young, green shoots.Elsie Cox
: in a badly damaged or deteriorated condition
a blighted landscape
a blighted city
… the physicians who work here in some of the nation's most blighted neighborhoods …Malcolm Gladwell
: made ineffectual : defeated or frustrated
blighted dreams
At every point we are confronted with shattered promises, blighted hopes, irreconcilable dilemmas, good intentions gone astray …Gertrude Himmelfarb

Examples of blighted in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Several Pixel users facing problems with their phones have drawn similarities to the Android 14 multiple profile update bug that blighted devices last October. Jess Weatherbed, The Verge, 24 Jan. 2024 The tax is being pushed in Detroit, which over the years demolished 25,000 blighted homes, yet still suffers from property bought by speculators that is left dormant, according to The New York Times. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Jan. 2024 But Badolato also knew that once her testimony was over, Sierra would go back to that blighted block. Alex Morris, Rolling Stone, 4 Jan. 2024 His sister, Nancy, set off to see what had happened at the blighted house on the outskirts of Montgomery, Alabama. Umar Farooq, ProPublica, 28 Dec. 2023 After the blaze, political leaders took to demonizing the occupants of blighted buildings, ignoring their daily struggles, efforts and aspirations. John Eligon Joao Silva, New York Times, 4 Dec. 2023 Authorized by law since 1945, redevelopment agencies used a portion of property tax money to partner with developers to encourage development in blighted areas. Christian Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 22 Oct. 2023 Officials blame immigrants and liberal housing laws, but a Times investigation found the entrenched problems that turned downtown Johannesburg into a blighted tinderbox. John Eligon, New York Times, 10 Nov. 2023 Instead, the property languished for years, became a blighted site and was a popular hangout for teenagers as nearby residents said Vontran failed to secure it. Lia Russell, Baltimore Sun, 26 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of blighted was in 1665

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Cite this Entry

“Blighted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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