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scourge

noun \ ˈskərj , ˈskȯrj , ˈsku̇rj \

Definition of scourge

1 :whip; especially :one used to inflict pain or punishment
2 :an instrument of punishment or criticism
3 :a cause of wide or great affliction

Examples of scourge in a Sentence

  1. a city ravaged by the scourge of unemployment

  2. The disease continues to be a scourge in the developing world.

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Origin and Etymology of scourge

Middle English, from Anglo-French escorge, from escorger to whip, from Vulgar Latin *excorrigiare, from Latin ex- + corrigia thong, whip

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scourge

verb

Definition of scourge

scourged; scourging
transitive verb
1 :flog, whip
2 a :to punish severely
b :afflict
c :to drive as if by blows of a whip

scourger

noun

Examples of scourge in a Sentence

  1. a neighborhood scourged by crime

  2. The prisoner was scourged with a whip.

First Known Use of scourge

14th century


SCOURGE Defined for English Language Learners

scourge

noun

Definition of scourge for English Language Learners

  • : someone or something that causes a great amount of trouble or suffering

  • : a whip that was used to punish people in the past


scourge

verb

Definition of scourge for English Language Learners

  • : to cause a lot of trouble or suffering for (someone or something)

  • : to hit (someone) with a whip as punishment


SCOURGE Defined for Kids

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scourge

noun \ ˈskərj \

Definition of scourge for Students

1 :a cause of widespread or great suffering The disease is a scourge in rural areas.
2 :2whip 1

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scourge

verb

Definition of scourge for Students

scourged; scourging
1 :to cause trouble or suffering to :afflict Crime scourges the neighborhood.
2 :to whip severely :flog


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