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Princeton's WordNet

  1. blightnoun

    a state or condition being blighted

  2. blightverb

    any plant disease resulting in withering without rotting

  3. blight, plagueverb

    cause to suffer a blight

    "Too much rain may blight the garden with mold"


  1. blightnoun

    any of many plant diseases causing damage to, or the death of, leaves, fruit or other parts

  2. blightnoun

    the bacterium, virus or fungus that causes such a condition

  3. blightnoun

    anything that impedes growth or development or spoils any other aspect of life

  4. blightverb

    to suffer blight

  5. blightverb

    to cause to suffer blight

  6. blightverb

    to spoil or ruin (something)

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Blightnoun

    Etymology: The etymology unknown.

    I complained to the oldest and best gardeners, who often fell into the same misfortune, and esteemed it some blight of the spring. William Temple.

    When you come to the proof once, the first blight of frost shall most infallibly strip you of all your glory. Roger L'Estrange.

  2. To Blightverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    This vapour bears up along with it any noxious mineral steams; it then blasts vegetables, blights corn and fruit, and is sometimes injurious even to men. John Woodward, Natural Hist.

    My country neighbours do not find it impossible to think of a lame horse they have, or their blighted corn, till they have run over in their minds all beings. John Locke.

    But lest harsh care the lover’s peace destroy,
    And roughly blight the tender buds of joy,
    Let reason teach. .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Blightverb

    to affect with blight; to blast; to prevent the growth and fertility of

  2. Blightverb

    hence: To destroy the happiness of; to ruin; to mar essentially; to frustrate; as, to blight one's prospects

  3. Blightverb

    to be affected by blight; to blast; as, this vine never blights

  4. Blightnoun

    mildew; decay; anything nipping or blasting; -- applied as a general name to various injuries or diseases of plants, causing the whole or a part to wither, whether occasioned by insects, fungi, or atmospheric influences

  5. Blightnoun

    the act of blighting, or the state of being blighted; a withering or mildewing, or a stoppage of growth in the whole or a part of a plant, etc

  6. Blightnoun

    that which frustrates one's plans or withers one's hopes; that which impairs or destroys

  7. Blightnoun

    a downy species of aphis, or plant louse, destructive to fruit trees, infesting both the roots and branches; -- also applied to several other injurious insects

  8. Blightnoun

    a rashlike eruption on the human skin


  1. Blight

    Blight refers to a specific symptom affecting plants in response to infection by a pathogenic organism. It is simply a rapid and complete chlorosis, browning, then death of plant tissues such as leaves, branches, twigs, or floral organs. Accordingly, many diseases that primarily exhibit this symptom are called blights. Several notable examples are: ⁕Late blight of potato, caused by the water mold Phytophthora infestans de Bary, the disease which led to the Great Irish Famine ⁕Southern corn leaf blight, caused by the fungus Cochliobolus heterostrophus Drechs, anamorph Bipolaris maydis Shoemaker, incited a severe loss of corn in the United States in 1970. ⁕Chestnut blight, caused by the fungus Cryphonectria parasitica Barr, has nearly completely eradicated mature American chestnuts in North America. ⁕Fire blight of pome fruits, caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora Winslow et al., is the most severe disease of pear and also is found in apple and raspberry, among others. ⁕Bacterial leaf blight of rice, caused by the bacterium Xanthomonas oryzae Dowson. ⁕Early blight of potato and tomato, caused by species of the ubiquitous fungal genus Alternaria

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Blight

    blīt, n. a disease in plants, which blasts or withers them: anything that injures or destroys.—v.t. to affect with blight: to blast: to frustrate.—p.adj. Blight′ing, withering, blasting. [Dr Murray notes that it first appears in literature in the 17th century; prob. orig. of Scand. origin; cf. Ice. blettr, a stain; perh. related to Bleach, Bleak.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of blight in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of blight in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of blight in a Sentence

  1. Ehsan Sehgal:

    To execute the lecture on moral conduct in immoral language shows the collapse of morality. As a result, that causes the blight of own character.

  2. Felicia Hermans:

    Deep is a wounded heart, and strong A voice that cries against a mighty wrong And full of death as a hot wind's blight, Doth the ire of a crushed affection light.

  3. Barack Obama:

    The apparent motivations of the shooter remind us that racism remains a blight that we have to combat together.

  4. Julie Lawton:

    Blight, vacant and abandoned property is a concern for all homeowners. For themselves, for their safety, as well as for the safety of their kids and their loved ones.

  5. Mark McArdle:

    We recently visited Detroit, and you can see the real impact the blight program is having on communities.

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    either of two different animal or plant species living in close association but not interdependent
    • A. bonzer
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    • C. commensal
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