I. noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1578 1. a. a disease or injury of plants marked by the formation of lesions, withering, and death of parts (as leaves and tubers) b. an organism (as an insect or a fungus) that causes blight 2. something that frustrates plans or hopes 3. something that impairs or destroys 4. a deteriorated condition <
urban blight
II. verb Date: 1664 transitive verb 1. to affect (as a plant) with blight 2. to impair the quality or effect of <
the condition that has blighted his son's life — Patricia Guthrie
intransitive verb to suffer from or become affected with blight

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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