scourge

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scourge

noun

Definition of SCOURGE

1
a long thin or flexible tool for striking <the museum display included a scourge, thumbscrews, and other notorious instruments of torture>
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>
Near Antonyms ransomer, redeemer, vindicator
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>

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