blight

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse blikna (to grow pallid)[1].

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blight (countable and uncountable, plural blights)

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  1. any of many plant diseases causing damage to, or the death of, leaves, fruit or other parts
  2. the bacterium, virus or fungus that causes such a condition
  3. (by extension) anything that impedes growth or development or spoils any other aspect of life

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blight (third-person singular simple present blights, present participle blighting, simple past and past participle blighted)

  1. (transitive) To affect with blight; to blast; to prevent the growth and fertility of.
    • Woodward
      [This vapour] blasts vegetables, blights corn and fruit, and is sometimes injurious even to man.
  2. (intransitive) To suffer blight.
    This vine never blights.
  3. (transitive) to spoil or ruin (something)
    Those obscene tattoos are going to blight your job prospects.
    • Byron
      seared in heart and lone and blighted

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  1. ^ blight” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).