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blight

 
pronunciation:
blaIt
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a plant disease that destroys parts or all of a plant.
Potato blight caused a great famine in Ireland in the mid-1800s.
similar words:
disease, rot
definition 2: anything that spoils or destroys.
The gang is a blight on our community.
similar words:
affliction, cancer, decay, disease, plague, poison
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: blights, blighting, blighted
definition: to spoil, ruin, or destroy.
Lack of money blighted his plans for the future.
synonyms:
blast, destroy, devastate, frustrate, ruin, spoil
similar words:
dash, kill, poison
derivation: blightingly (adv.)
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