blighted

adjective blight·ed \ ˈblī-təd \
Updated on: 10 Jan 2018

Definition of blighted

1 botany : affected with blight (see 1blight 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

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First Known Use of blighted

1665



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