An example of a scourge is famine or the outbreak of a disease.
- a whip or other instrument for flogging
- any means of inflicting severe punishment, suffering, or vengeance
- any cause of serious trouble or affliction: the scourge of war
Origin of scourgeMiddle English ; from Old French escorgie ; from Classical Latin ex, off, from + corrigia, a strap, whip
- to whip or flog
- to punish, chastise, or afflict severely
- A source of widespread dreadful affliction and devastation such as that caused by pestilence or war.
- A means of inflicting severe suffering, vengeance, or punishment.
- A small whip used to inflict punishment.
transitive verbscourged, scourg·ing, scourg·es
- To afflict with severe or widespread suffering and devastation; ravage.
- To chastise severely; excoriate.
- To flog.
Origin of scourgeMiddle English, from Anglo-Norman escorge, from Old French escorgier, to whip, from Vulgar Latin *excorrigiare : Latin ex-, intensive pref.; see ex– + Latin corrigia, thong (probably of Celtic origin).
(countable and uncountable, plural scourges)
(third-person singular simple present scourges, present participle scourging, simple past and past participle scourged)
- To strike with a scourge, to flog.
From Old French escorgier (“to whip"), from Vulgar Latin excorrigere, consisting of ex- + Latin corrigo