Blighted
Blight Blight (bl[imac]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Blighted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Blighting}.] [Perh. contr. from AS. bl[=i]cettan to glitter, fr. the same root as E. bleak. The meaning ``to blight'' comes in that case from to glitter, hence, to be white or pale, grow pale, make pale, bleach. Cf. {Bleach}, {Bleak}.] 1. To affect with blight; to blast; to prevent the growth and fertility of. [1913 Webster]

[This vapor] blasts vegetables, blights corn and fruit, and is sometimes injurious even to man. --Woodward. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence: To destroy the happiness of; to ruin; to mar essentially; to frustrate; as, to blight one's prospects. [1913 Webster]

Seared in heart and lone and blighted. --Byron. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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