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Blighted

Blight \Blight\ (bl[imac]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blighted; p. pr. & vb. n. Blighting.] [Perh. contr. from AS. bl[=i]cettan to glitter, fr. the same root as E. bleak. The meaning ``to blight'' comes in that case from to glitter, hence, to be white or pale, grow pale, make pale, bleach. Cf. Bleach, Bleak.]

  1. To affect with blight; to blast; to prevent the growth and fertility of.

    [This vapor] blasts vegetables, blights corn and fruit, and is sometimes injurious even to man.
    --Woodward.

  2. Hence: To destroy the happiness of; to ruin; to mar essentially; to frustrate; as, to blight one's prospects.

    Seared in heart and lone and blighted.
    --Byron.

WordNet

blighted

adj. affected by blight--anything that mars or events growth or prosperity; "a blighted rose"; "blighted urtan districts" [syn: spoilt]

Wiktionary

blighted

  1. 1 having suffered a blight 2 having caused to suffer a blight 3 ruined, spoiled v

  2. (en-past of: blight)

Usage examples of "blighted".

Christian turning gradually into the ill-tempered agnostic, entangled in the end of a feud of which he never understood the beginning, blighted with a sort of hereditary boredom with he knows not what, and already weary of hearing what he has never heard.

I was looking with dread at the fearful havoc of old age upon a face which, before merciless time had blighted it, had evidently been handsome, but what amazed me was the childish effrontery with which this time-withered specimen of womankind was still waging war with the help of her blasted charms.

Among the crocheted doilies of missionary artisanship and hammered copper plates representing idealized tribal maidens or trumpeting elephants that were African bourgeois taste, there hung in the dimness Edward Lear watercolours of Italy and Stubbs sporting prints swollen with humidity and spotted as blighted leaves.

On the sixth morning she left the village nestled in the northeast corner of Blighted Bay and started due east again toward the Brai River.

He was a poet, a painter, a musician--possibly a soldier, or a king--possibly anything--spoiled, blighted by that misnamed good fortune which the lucky workers who had to work so naturally and stupidly envied him.

No trace of the murrain had blighted the monastic herds, Rat-bold had told him last night, but the prior had spoken the words in the way a man relays information that his listener already knows.

Love, gold, and life itself, and here I lay under this darksome forest treo with the life-blood fast ebbing away, and scarce a trace would be left of a wasted existence, blighted career.

Success giveth an unsweetened draught, and there is nothing pleasant in life, and the flower on the summit of achievement is blighted.

He swung himself out of his chair and went to stand at the window and look down on the courtyard where a crowd of refugees were milling around several hastily built wooden tables: The abbey, old and new, was overrun by people of all ages and stations whose homes had been in the blighted regions.

She told him of blighted Zambul, of Erin and Roshka, of the suzerain in Pirs and the caves of the underdwellers there.

In the excitement of victory they had all momentarily forgotten the Plynck, though, when the fight was hottest, it had been the sight of her tragic drooping plumes among the blighted leaves that had nerved them to redoubled effort.

The toil, the thirst, the dangers of the way, were forgotten, as the traveller recalled the fearful catastrophe which had converted into an arid and dismal wilderness the fair and fertile valley of Siddim, once well watered, even as the Garden of the Lord, now a parched and blighted waste, condemned to eternal sterility.

I was looking with dread at the fearful havoc of old age upon a face which, before merciless time had blighted it, had evidently been handsome, but what amazed me was the childish effrontery with which this time-withered specimen of womankind was still waging war with the help of her blasted charms.

If byproducts of magic blighted a forest or poisoned a stream, so what?

Thus while Narsindalvak, the tower fortress originally dedicated to the Watch, the observing of Narsindal, was reinvested by the Fyordyn High Guard, it became also a centre of learning about that blighted land and all who lived in it.