blight vs plague what difference

what is difference between blight and plague

English

Etymology

Uncertain, however given that it was used at one point to refer to inflammation of the skin , quite possibly from Middle English *bleighte, *bleȝte, from Old English blǣcþa (leprosy) (related to Old English blǣċo (paleness, leprosy) and blǣċe (an itching skin-disease)); or from Old Norse blikna (to grow pallid). Related to bleak.

Pronunciation

  • enPR: blīt, IPA(key): /blaɪt/
  • Rhymes: -aɪt
  • Homophone: blite

Noun

blight (countable and uncountable, plural blights)

  1. (phytopathology) A rapid and complete chlorosis, browning, then death of plant tissues such as leaves, branches, twigs, or floral organs.
  2. The bacterium, virus or fungus that causes such a condition.
  3. (by extension) Anything that impedes growth or development or spoils any other aspect of life.
    • 1902, John Buchan, The Outgoing of the Tide
      She moved about the country like a ghost, gathering herbs in dark loanings, lingering in kirkyairds, and casting a blight on innocent bairns.

Derived terms

  • blighten

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Verb

blight (third-person singular simple present blights, present participle blighting, simple past and past participle blighted)

  1. (transitive) To affect with blight; to blast; to prevent the growth and fertility of.
  2. (intransitive) To suffer blight.
  3. (transitive) To spoil, ruin, or destroy (something).

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Further reading

  • blight on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

References



English

Etymology

From Middle English plage, borrowed from Old French plage, from Latin plāga (blow, wound), from plangō (to strike). Cognate with Middle Dutch plāghe (> Dutch plaag), plāghen (> Dutch plagen); Middle Low German plāge; Middle High German plāge, pflāge (> German Plage); plāgen (> German plagen); Swedish plåga; French plaie, Occitan plaga. Doublet of plaga. Displaced native Old English wōl.

Pronunciation

  • enPR: plāg, IPA(key): /pleɪɡ/, [pʰl̥eɪɡ]
  • Rhymes: -eɪɡ

Noun

plague (countable and uncountable, plural plagues)

  1. (often used with the, sometimes capitalized: the Plague) The bubonic plague, the pestilent disease caused by the virulent bacterium Yersinia pestis.
  2. (pathology) An epidemic or pandemic caused by any pestilence, but specifically by the above disease.
  3. A widespread affliction, calamity or destructive influx, especially when seen as divine retribution.
  4. (figuratively) A grave nuisance, whatever greatly irritates.
  5. Collective noun for common grackles

Synonyms

  • pest, pestilence

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Verb

plague (third-person singular simple present plagues, present participle plaguing, simple past and past participle plagued)

  1. (transitive) To harass, pester or annoy someone persistently or incessantly.
  2. (transitive) To afflict with a disease or other calamity.

Derived terms

  • plagued

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Spanish

Verb

plague

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of plagar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of plagar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of plagar.

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