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Definition of blight:

  1. 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.
  2. A rashlike eruption on the human skin.
  3. Hence: To destroy the happiness of; to ruin; to mar essentially; to frustrate; as, to blight one's prospects.
  4. 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 atmospheric influences.
  5. That which frustrates one's plans or withers one's hopes; that which impairs or destroys.
  6. 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.
  7. To affect with blight; to blast; to prevent the growth and fertility of.
  8. To be affected by blight; to blast; as, this vine never blights.

Synonyms:

chivvy, chevvy, hassle, harass, provoke, molest, help, plague, chevy, chivy, blast, nip, beset, harry, dash.

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