Scourge meaning

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A small whip used to inflict punishment.
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Any means of inflicting severe punishment, suffering, or vengeance.
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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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A whip or other instrument for flogging.
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To chastise severely; excoriate.
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To flog.
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To whip or flog.
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A means of inflicting severe suffering, vengeance, or punishment.
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To afflict with severe or widespread suffering and devastation; ravage.
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Any cause of serious trouble or affliction.

The scourge of war.

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To punish, chastise, or afflict severely.
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(uncountable) A source of persistent trouble such as pestilence that causes pain and suffering or widespread destruction.

Graffiti is the scourge of building owners everywhere.

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A means to inflict such pain or destruction.
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A whip, often of leather.

He flogged him with a scourge.

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To strike with a scourge, to flog.
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A source of widespread dreadful affliction and devastation such as that caused by pestilence or war.
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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