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scourge

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of scourge

  1. 1 a long thin or flexible tool for striking <the museum display included a scourge, thumbscrews, and other notorious instruments of torture> Synonyms flogger, lash, whip, switchRelated Words birch, blacksnake, bullwhip, cat-o'-nine-tails, cowhide, crop, hickory, knout, quirt, rattan, rawhide, strap; bastinado (or bastinade), bat, baton, billy, billy club, bludgeon, cane, club, cudgel, flail, nightstick, staff

  2. 2 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> Synonyms avenger, castigator, chastiser, punisher, nemesis, vigilanteRelated Words revenger; redresser, righter; requiterNear Antonyms ransomer, redeemer, vindicator

  3. 3 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> Synonyms affliction, curse, nemesis, baneRelated Words hex, hoodoo, jinx; danger, hazard, menace, peril, risk, threat, trouble; booby trap, catch, pitfall, snagNear Antonyms advantage, aid, assistance, gift, help, relief, support; comfort, consolation, solace; delight, joy, pleasure; armor, defense, guard, protection, safeguard, safety, security, shieldAntonyms benefit, blessing, boon, felicity, godsend, good, manna, windfall




scourge

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of scourge

  1. 1 to bring destruction to (something) through violent action <barbarians scourged the countryside, leaving village after village burned to the ground> Synonyms destroy, devastate, ruin, ravageRelated Words despoil, foray, harry, loot, maraud, pillage, plunder, sack, strip; annihilate, desolate, eradicate, expunge, extinguish, extirpate, nuke, obliterate, rub out, shatter, smash, total, vaporize, waste, wipe out, wrack, wreck; decimate, mow; demolish, raze; crush, overpower, overrun, overthrow, overwhelmNear Antonyms recondition, recover, redeem, rehabilitate, restore; fix, mend, patch, repair, revamp

  2. 2 to strike repeatedly with something long and thin or flexible <scourge the tree with a whip to loosen the bark> Synonyms birch, cowhide, flagellate, flail, flog, hide, horsewhip, lash, leather, rawhide, whip, slash, switch, tan, thrash, whaleRelated Words knout, quirt, strap; cut; flick, touch up; blackjack, cane, club, cudgel, fustigate; pistol-whip; bang, bop, box, bust, clap, clip, clobber, clout, crack, cuff, hit, knock, lam, paste, punch, slap, slug, smack, smite, sock, spank, swat, swipe, thwack, wallop, whack; bash, baste, bat, batter, beat, belabor, belt, bludgeon, buffet, bung, drub, fib [British], hammer, lace, lambaste (or lambast), lather, lick, mangle, maul, paddle, pelt, pommel, pound, pummel, rough, slate, slog, thresh, thump, tromp, whop (or whap), whup, work over





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