Meaning of 'blight' (Webster Dictionary)
- Mildew; decay; anything nipping or blasting; -- applied as
a general name to various injuries or diseases of plants, causing the
whole or a part to wither, whether occasioned by insects, fungi, or
- The act of blighting, or the state of being blighted; a
withering or mildewing, or a stoppage of growth in the whole or a part
of a plant, etc.
- That which frustrates one's plans or withers one's hopes;
that which impairs or destroys.
- A downy species of aphis, or plant louse, destructive to
fruit trees, infesting both the roots and branches; -- also applied to
several other injurious insects.
- A rashlike eruption on the human skin. - To be affected by blight; to blast; as, this vine never
blights. - To affect with blight; to blast; to prevent the growth
and fertility of.
- Hence: To destroy the happiness of; to ruin; to mar
essentially; to frustrate; as, to blight one's prospects.