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 has been research into the effects on home values when there's a blighted house on a block. Lee Schafer, Star Tribune, 30 May 2021 In November 2020, the city council established the boundaries for Olympia Fields, which encompasses 65.7 acres, and declared the area a blighted district in need of blight elimination strategies. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Mar. 2021 Educational opportunities for those most blighted are drowning in a sea of neglect, ideological rectitude and acquiescence to the demands of teachers unions. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 8 Mar. 2021 If that happens, the few places that manage to hold on will be stuck in a blighted and empty mall. Ryan Kost, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Mar. 2021 Before last fall’s election, Adams was an outspoken opponent of Duggan’s financing plan for demolishing blighted houses in Detroit. James G. Hill, Detroit Free Press, 27 Jan. 2021 In this bleak and blighted landscape, an L.A. courier named Nico (Apa), who is immune to the disease, attempts to find a way out of the nightmare with his girlfriend, Sara (Sofia Carson), who has been trapped for years in lockdown. Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times, 10 Dec. 2020 Nearly 50 years ago, the Lauderhill Point apartments were built to bring safe, affordable housing to a blighted stretch of what is now Lauderhill. Andrew Boryga, sun-sentinel.com, 23 Nov. 2020 The west-side neighborhood is also surrounded by blighted homes, a pervasive problem the city has been working feverishly to address. Freep.com, 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of blighted

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Cite this Entry

“Blighted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blighted. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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