a long thin or flexible tool for striking <the museum display included a scourge, thumbscrews, and other notorious instruments of torture> Related Words birch
, billy club
one who inflicts punishment in return for an injury or offense <the attorney general, who just happens to be a candidate for governor, is a self-proclaimed scourge of organized crime>
a source of harm or misfortune <the sheer ubiquity of food is proving to be the scourge of humanity, as evidenced by the obesity epidemic> Related Words hex
; booby trap
Near Antonyms advantage
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