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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BLIGHT

Flowers in Summer warmth delight:— What of Winter and its blight?

Was poverty going to blight their spring with its chill breath?

They moved on, little dreaming of the ruin and blight they had left behind them.

Yields largely and is less liable to blight than any other variety.

There is a blight on the land; the people are starving—dying.

It may be—as Miss Martin writes—that 'there is a blight on the land.'

It fell like a blight on all the merriment about donkeys, pyramids, bazaars, or what not.

I'd care more about a blight in the potatoes than for all the politics in Europe.

Slavery left its blight of impotency and profligacy upon them.

The knowledge of this seemed to blight, as with a lightning flash, every hope of her life.

WORD ORIGIN

1610s, origin obscure; according to OED it emerged into literary speech from the talk of gardeners and farmers, perhaps ultimately from Old English blæce, blæcðu, a scrofulous skin condition and/or from Old Norse blikna "become pale." Used in a general way of agricultural diseases, sometimes with suggestion of "invisible baleful influence;" hence figurative sense of "anything which withers hopes or prospects or checks prosperity" (1828). Cf. slang blighter. Urban blight attested by 1935.

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