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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)

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. Deon Joseph:

    You can not separate the blight and crap that's out here from death.

  2. Premier Li Keqiang:

    Environmental pollution is a blight on people's quality of life and a trouble that weighs on their hearts.

  3. Premier Li Keqiang:

    We will strive for zero-growth in the consumption of coal in key areas of the country, environmental pollution is a blight on people's quality of life and a trouble that weighs on their hearts.

  4. Barack Obama:

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

  5. James Lynch:

    We hope that the authorities will take the opportunity of this release to review Qatar's criminal justice system and ensure that such flagrant violations of the right to freedom of expression are not repeated. This case has been a blight on Qatar's international reputation.

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