An example of a scourge is famine or the outbreak of a disease.
The scourge of war.
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