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 There is no fleeing one blighted place for another, safer one, as my family did during World War II, leaving Burma for India. Arthur Longworth, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, April 6–12," 12 Apr. 2020 Part of his brief: to oversee ground-up improvement of 17,000 vacant or blighted Pittsburgh properties. Washington Post, "Across Mister Rogers’ actual neighborhoods, his faith echoes," 21 Nov. 2019 Similar districts, often called tax increment financing districts, or TIFs, are frequently used to improve blighted urban areas. At A Great Price, ProPublica, "Sears’ Headquarters Was Supposed to Turn a Sleepy Suburb Into a Boomtown. It Never Happened.," 15 May 2020 When Loop 410 and I-35 came in, this whole area was cut off and became blighted. Bruce Selcraig, ExpressNews.com, "After 75 years, one of San Antonio’s weirdest intersections will get a makeover," 25 Dec. 2019 Broe, as owner of the Great Western Railway, had a vested interest in not seeing the area become blighted. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "With nearly two dozen”shortline” railroads across the country, Denver’s OmniTRAX has quickly become a major player," 29 Sep. 2019 Morgan Rainey’s blighted idealism is as central to Stone’s vision as Rheinhardt’s fluent nihilism is. George Packer, The Atlantic, "A Novelist’s Ambition to Define America," 18 Apr. 2020 But the procedural mechanics are poorly executed, not to mention blighted by wooden actors playing the FBI agent and chief of police who make thoroughly unconvincing law enforcement representatives. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'I'll Meet You There': Film Review | SXSW 2020," 20 Mar. 2020 Back home, there were blighted starts and an ectopic pregnancy. Matthew Klam, The New Yorker, "The Liver," 9 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of blighted

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Blighted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blighted. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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