Pronunciation: (blīt), [key]
1. Plant Pathol.
a. the rapid and extensive discoloration, wilting, and death of plant tissues.
b. a disease so characterized.
2. any cause of impairment, destruction, ruin, or frustration: Extravagance was the blight of the family.
3. the state or result of being blighted or deteriorated; dilapidation; decay: urban blight.
1. to cause to wither or decay; blast: Frost blighted the crops.
2. to destroy; ruin; frustrate: Illness blighted his hopes.
to suffer blight.
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