Blight Definition

blīt
blighted, blights
noun
blights
Any of several plant diseases, as rust, mildew, or smut.
Webster's New World
Any atmospheric or soil condition, parasite, or insect that kills, withers, or checks the growth of plants.
Webster's New World
An agent or action that harms or ruins the value or success of something.
American Heritage
Anything that destroys, prevents growth, or causes devaluation.
Slums are a blight on a city.
Webster's New World
A person or thing that withers someone's hopes or ambitions.
Webster's New World
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verb
blighted, blights
To cause a blight in or on; wither.
Webster's New World
To destroy.
Webster's New World
To suffer blight.
Webster's New World
To have a deleterious effect on; ruin.
American Heritage
To disappoint or frustrate.
Webster's New World
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Origin of Blight

  • From Old Norse blikna (“to grow pallid”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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