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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BLIGHTED

He shaded the dinner, cooled the wines, chilled the gravy, and blighted the vegetables.

Had she not deceived me, injured me—blighted my happiness for life?

I have blighted and withered the affections of his heart to that extent that he is not sure of me.

It is some comfort to know that everything will not be blighted hereabouts.

There can be no doubt about it: we are blighted by the great destructiveness.

Some great sorrow must have overtaken him and blighted his whole life.

If the potatoes were blighted, she had looked over the hedge at them.

Well, we're going to be blighted Argonauts, but we've got to get busy over our outfits.

There was a good show of blossom, but when it came to the apples, every one was blighted.

The child receives but a blighted memory of its father's stripes.

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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