blighted

adjective
blight·​ed | \ ˈblī-təd How to pronounce blighted (audio) \

Definition of blighted

1 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
2 : 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
3 : 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 Sittenfeld, a former Cincinnati city councilman was convicted of improperly seeking donations in 2018 from a former Bengal turned developer Chinedum Ndukwe, who was working to redevelop a blighted downtown property. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, 22 July 2022 Housing Commissioner Alice Kennedy said Tuesday that in rem foreclosures, a process newly approved for Baltimore, could significantly speed up the way the city takes possession of vacant and blighted properties. Emily Opilo, Baltimore Sun, 12 July 2022 While the city has razed thousands of blighted homes since the foreclosure crisis ravaged Cleveland neighborhoods in the mid-to-late 2000s, the city is still trailing a lingering problem. Lucas Daprile, cleveland, 4 June 2022 Redlining maps at the time labeled the area as blighted and hazardous due to its concentration of Black residents. Brandon Drenon, The Indianapolis Star, 7 June 2022 Owners of vacant and blighted properties in the city are charged a higher property tax rate, an incentive to ensure District buildings are taken care of and put to good use. Washington Post, 10 May 2022 Elsewhere, apartment complexes have replaced blighted and vacant blocks, but some neighbors remain skeptical of what the changes mean for them. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, 1 Oct. 2021 Elsewhere, apartment complexes have replaced blighted and vacant blocks, but some neighbors remain skeptical of what the changes mean for them. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, 1 Oct. 2021 Elsewhere, apartment complexes have replaced blighted and vacant blocks, but some neighbors remain skeptical of what the changes mean for them. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, 1 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of blighted

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 Aug 2022

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“Blighted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blighted. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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