Meaning of blight

blight

Pronunciation: (blīt), [key]
— n.
    1. the rapid and extensive discoloration, wilting, and death of plant tissues.
    2. a disease so characterized.
  1. any cause of impairment, destruction, ruin, or frustration: Extravagance was the blight of the family.
  2. the state or result of being blighted or deteriorated; dilapidation; decay: urban blight.
—v.t.
  1. to cause to wither or decay; blast: Frost blighted the crops.
  2. to destroy; ruin; frustrate: Illness blighted his hopes.
—v.i.
  1. to suffer blight.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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