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blight

 (blīt)
n.
1.
a. Any of numerous plant diseases resulting in sudden conspicuous wilting and dying of affected parts, especially young, growing tissues.
b. The condition or causative agent, such as a bacterium, fungus, or virus, that results in blight.
2.
a. An agent or action that harms or ruins the value or success of something: "the heavy-handed, moralistic parenting that was the blight of the traditional family" (Theodore Roszack).
b. A condition or result of harmful or ruinous action: policies that lifted the city from economic blight.
v. blight·ed, blight·ing, blights
v.tr.
1. To cause (a plant, for example) to undergo blight.
2. To have a deleterious effect on; ruin. See Synonyms at blast.
v.intr.
To suffer blight.

[Origin unknown.]
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blight

(blaɪt)
n
1. (Plant Pathology) any plant disease characterized by withering and shrivelling without rotting. See also potato blight
2. (Plant Pathology) any factor, such as bacterial attack or air pollution, that causes the symptoms of blight in plants
3. a person or thing that mars or prevents growth, improvement, or prosperity
4. an ugly urban district
5. the state or condition of being blighted or spoilt
vb
6. to cause or suffer a blight
7. (tr) to frustrate or disappoint
8. (tr) to spoil; destroy
[C17: perhaps related to Old English blǣce rash; compare bleach]
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blight

(blaɪt)
n.
1.
a. the rapid and extensive discoloration, wilting, and death of plant tissues.
b. any of various plant diseases so characterized.
2. any cause of impairment or frustration.
3. the state or result of being deteriorated or ruined: urban blight.
v.t.
4. to cause to wither or decay.
5. to destroy; ruin; frustrate: Illness blighted her hopes.
v.i.
6. to suffer blight.
[1605–15; of uncertain orig.]
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blight

(blīt)
1. Any of numerous plant diseases that cause leaves, stems, fruits, and tissues to wither and die. Rust, mildew, and smut are blights.
2. The bacterium, fungus, or virus that causes such a disease.
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blight


Past participle: blighted
Gerund: blighting

Imperative
blight
blight
Present
I blight
you blight
he/she/it blights
we blight
you blight
they blight
Preterite
I blighted
you blighted
he/she/it blighted
we blighted
you blighted
they blighted
Present Continuous
I am blighting
you are blighting
he/she/it is blighting
we are blighting
you are blighting
they are blighting
Present Perfect
I have blighted
you have blighted
he/she/it has blighted
we have blighted
you have blighted
they have blighted
Past Continuous
I was blighting
you were blighting
he/she/it was blighting
we were blighting
you were blighting
they were blighting
Past Perfect
I had blighted
you had blighted
he/she/it had blighted
we had blighted
you had blighted
they had blighted
Future
I will blight
you will blight
he/she/it will blight
we will blight
you will blight
they will blight
Future Perfect
I will have blighted
you will have blighted
he/she/it will have blighted
we will have blighted
you will have blighted
they will have blighted
Future Continuous
I will be blighting
you will be blighting
he/she/it will be blighting
we will be blighting
you will be blighting
they will be blighting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been blighting
you have been blighting
he/she/it has been blighting
we have been blighting
you have been blighting
they have been blighting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been blighting
you will have been blighting
he/she/it will have been blighting
we will have been blighting
you will have been blighting
they will have been blighting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been blighting
you had been blighting
he/she/it had been blighting
we had been blighting
you had been blighting
they had been blighting
Conditional
I would blight
you would blight
he/she/it would blight
we would blight
you would blight
they would blight
Past Conditional
I would have blighted
you would have blighted
he/she/it would have blighted
we would have blighted
you would have blighted
they would have blighted
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blight - a state or condition being blightedblight - a state or condition being blighted
desolation, devastation - the state of being decayed or destroyed
2.blight - any plant disease resulting in withering without rottingblight - any plant disease resulting in withering without rotting
alder blight - a disease of alders caused by the woolly alder aphid (a plant louse)
apple blight, apple canker - a disease of apple trees
beet blight - a disease of beet plants
blister blight - a disease of tea plants
blister blight - a disease of Scotch pines
cane blight - a disease affecting the canes of various bush fruits (e.g., raspberries or currants)
chestnut blight, chestnut canker, chestnut-bark disease - a disease of American chestnut trees
coffee blight - a blight affecting the coffee plant
collar blight - a disease affecting the trunks of pear and apple trees
bean blight, halo spot, halo blight - a blight of bean plants
halo blight - a blight affecting the leaves of oats and other grasses
head blight - a blight of the heads of cereals
late blight - blight in which symptoms appear late in the growing season especially a disease of solanaceous plants caused by the fungus Phytophthora infestans
leaf blight - any blight causing a browning and falling of the leaves of a plant
peach blight - a disease of trees bearing drupes
rim blight - a disease of tea plants
spinach blight - a disease of spinach plants
spur blight - a disease of raspberries
stem blight - a fungous blight attacking the stems of plants
stripe blight - a disease of oats
thread blight - a disease of tropical woody plants (cacao or tea or citrus)
tomato blight, tomato yellows - a disease of tomato plants
twig blight - a disease of the ends of twigs of woody plants
walnut blight - a disease of English walnut trees
plant disease - a disease that affects plants
Verb1.blight - cause to suffer a blightblight - cause to suffer a blight; "Too much rain may blight the garden with mold"
afflict, smite - cause physical pain or suffering in; "afflict with the plague"
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blight

verb
1. frustrate, destroy, ruin, crush, mar, dash, wreck, spoil, scar, undo, mess up, annihilate, nullify, put a damper on families whose lives were blighted by unemployment
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blight

verb
To spoil or destroy:
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Translations
عاهَةٌ، آفَةٌ
plíseňsněť
pilataturmella
gróîurplága
miltrasa
plieseň

blight

[blaɪt]
A. N
1. (Bot) [of plants, cereals, fruit, trees] → roya f
2. (fig) → plaga f
urban blightdesertización f urbana
to cast a blight on or overarruinar
B. VT
1. (Bot) (= wither) → marchitar
2. (fig) (= spoil) → arruinar; (= frustrate) → frustrar; [+ urban scene] → desertizar
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blight

[ˈblaɪt]
n
to be a blight on sth (= disgrace to) → être un fléau pour qch, être une plaie pour qch urban blight
(= disease) (in roses, cereals)rouille f; (in potatoes)mildiou m, brunissure f
vt
[+ career, life] → gâcher
[+ hopes] → anéantir, briser
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

blight

n
(on plants) → Braunfäule f
(fig) to be a blight on or upon somebody’s life/happinessjdm das Leben/jds Glück vergällen; these slums are a blight upon the citydiese Slums sind ein Schandfleck für die Stadt; scenes of urban blightverfallene Stadtteile; this poverty which is a blight upon our nationdie Armut, mit der unser Volk geschlagen ist
vt
plantszerstören
(fig) hopesvereiteln; sb’s career, future alsoverderben; to blight somebody’s lifejdm das Leben verderben
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blight

[blaɪt]
1. n (Bot) malattia che fa avvizzire le piante (fig) → piaga
2. vt (plants) → far avvizzire (fig) (future, hopes) → rovinare, distruggere
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

blight

(blait) noun
a disease in plants that withers them. potato blight.
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References in classic literature ?
She has sent messengers to his court with costly gifts; but all have returned sick for want of sunlight, weary and sad; we have watched over them, heedless of sun or shower, but still his dark spirits do their work, and we are left to weep over our blighted blossoms.
'Morning, morning, morning!' said Mr Boffin, with a wave of his hand, as the office door was opened by the dismal boy, whose appropriate name was Blight. 'Governor in?'
THE happiest day-the happiest hour My seared and blighted heart hath known, The highest hope of pride and power, I feel hath flown.
And he smiled so pleasantly at his own wit that the provinces of Ghargaroo, M'gwana, and Scowow were affected with a blight.
"Which do we live on--a splendid one or a blighted one?"
"Fading, with the Night, the clouds of ignorance, and the deadly blight of sin, and the silent tears of sorrow: and ever rising, higher, higher, with the Day, the radiant dawn of knowledge, and the sweet breath of purity, and the throb of a world's ecstasy!
There was the same thick air, difficult to breathe; the same blighted ground, the same hopeless prospect, the same misery and distress.
'Tis thus, O boy, that Autumn comes, the cold Pitiless autumn of the wrack and mist, Autumn, the season of the cloudless sky, Autumn, of biting blasts, the time of blight And desolation; following the chill Stir of disaster, with a shout it leaps Upon us.
Only a very few days more - appallingly few to the hearts which had set themselves bravely to hope against hope - three weeks, a month later, perhaps, the name of ships under the blight of the "Overdue" heading shall appear again in the column of "Shipping Intelligence," but under the final declaration of "Missing."
A blight is on our harvest in the ear, A blight upon the grazing flocks and herds, A blight on wives in travail; and withal Armed with his blazing torch the God of Plague Hath swooped upon our city emptying The house of Cadmus, and the murky realm Of Pluto is full fed with groans and tears.
But this, his thinness, so to speak, seemed no more the token of wasting anxieties and cares, than it seemed the indication of any bodily blight. It was merely the condensation of the man.
I fell under that titular avalanche a torn and blighted thing.