- The definition of a blight is something that spoils or damages something, or a disease that affects plants, or a general state of neglect and disrepair in an urban area.
- An ugly mark that destroys a painting is an example of a blight.
- A disease caused by mildew or fungus that harms a plant is an example of blight.
- Run-down buildings are an example of urban blight.
- To blight is to spoil or destroy something or to cause an urban area to become run-down and neglected.
- When you destroy the efforts of someone, this is an example of a time when you blight progress.
- When rotting buildings spoil an urban area, this is an example of blight.
Blight on tomatoes.
- any atmospheric or soil condition, parasite, or insect that kills, withers, or checks the growth of plants
- any of several plant diseases, as rust, mildew, or smut
- anything that destroys, prevents growth, or causes devaluation: slums are a blight on a city
- a person or thing that withers someone's hopes or ambitions
- the condition or result of being blighted
Origin of blightuncertain or unknown; perhaps akin to Middle English blichening, blight, rust (on grain) ; from bliknen, to lose color ; from Old Norse blikja, turn pale: see bleach
- to cause a blight in or on; wither
- to destroy
- to disappoint or frustrate
- a. Any of numerous plant diseases resulting in sudden conspicuous wilting and dying of affected parts, especially young, growing tissues.b. The condition or causative agent, such as a bacterium, fungus, or virus, that results in blight.
- a. An agent or action that harms or ruins the value or success of something: “the heavy-handed, moralistic parenting that was the blight of the traditional family” (Theodore Roszack).b. A condition or result of harmful or ruinous action: policies that lifted the city from economic blight.
verbblight·ed, blight·ing, blights
- To cause (a plant, for example) to undergo blight.
- To have a deleterious effect on; ruin. See Synonyms at blast.
Origin of blightOrigin unknown.
(countable and uncountable, plural blights)
(third-person singular simple present blights, present participle blighting, simple past and past participle blighted)
From Old Norse blikna (“to grow pallid”) .