blight·​ed | \ ˈblī-təd \

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

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According to his LinkedIn page, Schellenger also founded Helping Hands Philadelphia, a nonprofit that works to restore blighted properties around the city., "Philadelphia developer stabbed to death near Rittenhouse Square," 13 July 2018 The stark economic divide between city centers and the blighted suburbs at their edges, known as banlieues, is also working against Mr. Macron. Stacy Meichtry, WSJ, "Protests Threaten Macron’s Campaign to Remake France," 9 Dec. 2018 The ash blocked out the sun, ushering forth frigid temperatures that blighted crops, resulting in starvation. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Researchers Identify 536 A.D. as The Absolute Worst Year Ever," 20 Nov. 2018 Sitting at a kitchen table in one of his vacation rental houses, Alex Ramirez, the son of Central American immigrants, recounts buying the two-unit house in a blighted neighborhood, living in one side and renting the other out. Kevin Mcgill, The Seattle Times, "New Orleans looking at new regulations on short-term rentals," 3 Sep. 2018 In New York, where blighted subway trains seem quaintly historic and the latest from a Banksy or a Neckface or a Swoon or a Lady Pink is met with oohs and Instagram snaps, the debate over whether graffiti can be art seems to have been settled. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: In ‘This Is Modern Art,’ Say It and Spray It," 5 June 2018 Even when millions of dollars in public money were allocated, blighted West Side communities were still left with close to nothing. Chicago Tribune, "RAGE, RIOTS, RUIN," 1 Apr. 2018 Milhaus is seeking assistance from the Planned Industrial Expansion Authority, which provides incentives for projects in areas deemed blighted. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Mixed-use project planned for East Crossroads would be ‘largest’ to date | The Kansas City Star," 22 May 2018 Crop One Holdings, a San Jose, Calif., farming company seeking to upend the industry with hydroponics and space-efficient growing, was approved Monday to purchase a Homestead Avenue property for $250,000 that has stood blighted and vacant for years. Matthew Ormseth,, "Hartford Council Approves Sale Of Blighted North End Property, Tax Agreement For Hydroponics Company," 10 July 2018

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1665, in the meaning defined above

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