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  • The once thriving downtown has become an example of urban blight with abandoned buildings and too much crime.
  • Too much rain may blight the garden with mold
  • The scandal blighted her political future.
  • The foreclosures are a blight on the neighborhood.

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  • Well, said Samuel, silence struck the gathering like a blight.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • Five figures wandered slowly over the blighted land.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • I am going over to Senator Whitworth’s house myself and telling him you, Skeeter Phelan, will be a blight on his campaign in Washington.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • She says ’twould break your heart to think of what the English did to us, that if they didn’t put the blight on the potato they didn’t do much to take it off.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • What a terrible blight that would be on the heart of a free, intelligent father!
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • But Georgiana had no sooner touched the flower than the whole plant suffered a blight, its leaves turning coal-black as if by the agency of fire.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark

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  • The Dead Period, when all my trees looked like they had been through a forest fire or a blight.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • What was this blight that had come down over the people she loved?
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Middle-America blight.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • On land that had once been a shipyard, then a drive-in movie theater, then a flea market, then blight, there were now soft green hills and a Calatrava fountain.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • But now that I consider it, you ought to throw them away or destroy them, rather than blighting another.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Focus purely on the scenery, which had changed to open countryside now, leaving behind the blighted row houses, leaving behind the station under its weight of roiling dark clouds, and the empty city streets around it, and the narrower streets farther north with the trees turning inside out in the wind, and the house on Bouton Road where the filmy-skirted ghosts frolicked and danced on the porch with nobody left to watch.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Out in back is a homely garden that, even now, in mid-April, has root vegetables waiting to be dug—blighted potatoes and yams and tough-skinned carrots and turnips.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • A pair of women on bicycles pull off the road and gape at the truck as its passes: some infernal lorry sent to blight their town.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • But young Welton became a Republican, and by early 1865 he sounded just like an abolitionist when he wrote in joyful anticipation of a restored nation "free free free yes free from that blighting curs Slavery the cause of four years of Bloody Warfare."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • I never saw such gloom, such despair, such blighted numb solemnity.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • When we heard him down there jumped-up and high on the downdraft of a win— bumping around jubilantly, making lots of noise—Boris would put down his book and head downstairs, where patiently he stood listening to my dad’s boring, card-by-card replay of his evening at the baccarat table, which often segued into excruciating (to me) stories of related triumphs, all the way back to my dad’s college days and blighted acting career.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • All together you are poor, rude, immoral, unintelligent, impoverished, bitter, stubborn, and a blight upon your village and my kingdom.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • But divinity should not be blighted by death.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • She was by trade a weaver; and by constant application to her business, she had been in a good degree preserved from the blighting and dehumanizing effects of slavery.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • ’All, all is against me: she has blighted my single consolation.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • ’Lord strike a blight upon it,’ I says, wotever it was I went for, ’if it ain’t for him!’
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • It was as though a blight had fallen upon Manderley taking the sky away and the light of the day.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • A blight seemed to have descended on her.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • He meant personally to save more souls than had perished on the road from Bataan, I think, and all other paths ever walked by the blight of mankind.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • On the other, there’s the blight of unbridled competition.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Galbatorix is an unnatural blight on the world.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • But this, his thinness, so to speak, seemed no more the token of wasting anxieties and cares, than it seemed the indication of any bodily blight.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Depend on my care to see that your youth is not blighted, or suffered to pass away in ungenial solitude; and of this be well assured, that if you love me as a father, I love you as a child.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I thought of the promise of virtues which he had displayed on the opening of his existence and the subsequent blight of all kindly feeling by the loathing and scorn which his protectors had manifested towards him.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • When full of flowers they would doubtless look pretty; but now, at the latter end of January, all was wintry blight and brown decay.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The sole places that seemed to prosper amid the general blight of the place, were the public-houses; and in them, the lowest orders of Irish were wrangling with might and main.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • He had "recipes" for exterminating from a field, blight, tares, foxtail, and all parasitic growths which destroy the wheat.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Hester gazed after him a little while, looking with a half fantastic curiosity to see whether the tender grass of early spring would not be blighted beneath him and show the wavering track of his footsteps, sere and brown, across its cheerful verdure.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • This second blighting of her hopes was more than heart could bear and she cried "Oh!" in a childish whisper and sat down, tears stinging her eyes.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Behind the fruitfulness are men of understanding and knowledge and skill, men who experiment with seed, endlessly developing the techniques for greater crops of plants whose roots will resist the million enemies of the earth: the molds, the insects, the rusts, the blights.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • His relationship with his father had been like the unfurling of some flower of beautiful potential, which, when wholly opened, turned out to be blighted inside.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • The Martian who had been overthrown crawled tediously out of his hood, a small brown figure, oddly suggestive from that distance of a speck of blight, and apparently engaged in the repair of his support.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • If Hopton Stoddard wished a worthy memorial to his name, a grand climax of his generosity, to what nobler purpose could he dedicate his money than to the Hopton Stoddard Home for Subnormal Children, Toohey pointed out to him emphatically; to the poor little blighted ones for whom nobody cared.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • He hoped that Mary would forget his shoes, but the hope was blighted; she coated them thoroughly with tallow, as was the custom, and brought them out.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • This I had believed with all my being, but now, though still inwardly affirming that belief, I felt a blighting hurt which prevented me from trying further to defend myself.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Sadly, sadly, the sun rose; it rose upon no sadder sight than the man of good abilities and good emotions, incapable of their directed exercise, incapable of his own help and his own happiness, sensible of the blight on him, and resigning himself to let it eat him away.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • A movement of compunction, helped by those small indefinable influences which every personal relation exerts on a pliant nature, had urged him into a secret marriage, which was a blight on his life.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • Christfox in leather trews, hiding, a runaway in blighted treeforks, from hue and cry.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered, the god of day goes down upon the dreary scene, and — and in short you are for ever floored.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • And whether from its fumes or from the blighting of our hopes, my husband began to suffer again from rheumatism, and at the same time the old bouts of fever began.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
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