word 2 : blight
david maisel, asylum
1. plant pathology. the rapid and extensive discoloration, wilting, and death of plant tissues, even the young and growing.
2. any cause of impairment, destruction, ruin, or frustration.
3. the cause or state of being deteriorated; dilapidation; decay.
4. something that impairs growth or impedes progress and prosperity.
see also urban blight