Scourge Definition

skûrj
scourged, scourges, scourging
noun
scourges
A whip or other instrument for flogging.
Webster's New World
Any cause of serious trouble or affliction.
The scourge of war.
Webster's New World
Any means of inflicting severe punishment, suffering, or vengeance.
Webster's New World
A small whip used to inflict punishment.
American Heritage
The definition of a scourge is someone or something that causes a lot of trouble, problems or suffering.
An example of a scourge is famine or the outbreak of a disease.
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verb
scourged, scourges, scourging
To afflict with severe or widespread suffering and devastation; ravage.
American Heritage
To punish, chastise, or afflict severely.
Webster's New World
To whip or flog.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Scourge

Noun

Singular:
scourge
Plural:
scourges

Origin of Scourge

  • Middle English from Anglo-Norman escorge from Old French escorgier to whip from Vulgar Latin excorrigiāre Latin ex- intensive pref. ex– Latin corrigia thong (probably of Celtic origin)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French escorgier (“to whip"), from Vulgar Latin excorrigere, consisting of ex- + Latin corrigo

    From Wiktionary

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