scourge

noun
\ ˈskərj How to pronounce scourge (audio) , ˈskȯrj, ˈsku̇rj \

Definition of scourge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

scourge

verb
scourged; scourging

Definition of scourge (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : flog, whip
2a : to punish severely
c : to drive as if by blows of a whip

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Verb

scourger noun

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Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of scourge in a Sentence

Noun a city ravaged by the scourge of unemployment The disease continues to be a scourge in the developing world. Verb a neighborhood scourged by crime The prisoner was scourged with a whip.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But all of those programs have expired as COVID-19 remains an uncontrolled scourge that has killed more than 210,000 people nationally. Andrew Boryga, sun-sentinel.com, "The pandemic is pushing people to financial ruin. And the worst hardships lie ahead," 11 Oct. 2020 With wildfires now an annual scourge in the West, Arkansas is increasingly viewed as a national leader in the industry. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, "A state in a forest," 10 Oct. 2020 Among the upcoming charity events threatened by the python scourge are the Psoriatic Gingivitis Gala and the Peyronie’s Syndrome Ball. Richard Lipez, Washington Post, "‘Squeeze Me’ proves that the Trump era is Carl Hiaasen’s moment," 22 Aug. 2020 Day after day With malicious apps infiltrating Play on a regular, often weekly, basis, there’s currently little indication the malicious Android app scourge will be abated. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "“Joker”—the malware that signs you up for pricey services—floods Android markets," 28 Sep. 2020 The growing push for tough new measures to beat back the Europe scourge that was seemingly under control in the spring contributed to a sharp drop on Wall Street in the morning. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Sept. 20-21," 24 Sep. 2020 The growing push to reimpose tough measures in Europe to beat back a scourge that was seemingly brought under control in the spring contributed to a sharp drop on Wall Street in the morning. Arkansas Online, "Europe adopts tougher virus restrictions as infections surge," 21 Sep. 2020 Nineteen years later, the scourge of extremism has hardly abated, and American troops and treasure are still being drained into overseas quagmires. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Is the 9/11 era over?," 11 Sep. 2020 For now, central banks are justifiably less concerned about inflation than the risk of deflation – the scourge that eroded prices, wages, and business solvency in the Great Depression. Mark Trumbull, The Christian Science Monitor, "Gold is up. Dollar is down. Is inflation back on the worry list?," 10 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Prior to Christ's crucifixion, Roman soldiers ordered him to be scourged. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Passion of the Christ actor says injuries he suffered on set made film 'beautiful'," 23 Mar. 2020 Yet what’s most original in the film is Mercier’s scathing and self-scourging performance (and there’s no gainsaying the importance of Yoav’s outfit, a collarless saffron-yellow coat). Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Preview: Highlights from the First Week of the New York Film Festival," 26 Sep. 2019 After a wet few years in the Great Lakes basin, the Lake Michigan water levels tied a record July high from 1986 — and that’s less than six years after record low levels scourged the region in 2013. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The water levels on Lake Michigan tied a 33-year-old record high this July. Boaters are seeing the effects," 5 Aug. 2019 Powerful air armadas scourged German defenses, with 750 to 1000 Flying Fortresses and Liberators mauling bridges, railroad targets and airfields in an arc 100 to 150 miles south of the beachhead. Houston Chronicle, "FIRST INVASION GOAL REACHED," 9 June 2019 Since then, as The Los Angeles Times reported, the resulting blaze had scorched 121,000 acres, destroyed 1,564 buildings, killed six, and scourged the city of Redding and the surrounding area, a little over 200 miles north of San Francisco. Lauren Young, Teen Vogue, "California Wildfires Are Proof of Climate Change, According to Governor Jerry Brown," 2 Aug. 2018 From their first dogfights in December 1941 until their contracts expired in July 1942, the Tigers scourged the enemy with breathtaking courage. Gregory Crouch, WSJ, "‘The Flying Tigers’ and ‘A Few Planes for China’ Review: Tigers Over a Rising Sun," 19 July 2018 The single-use plastic straw — colorful, functional and handed out in bunches — has suddenly shifted from consumer staple to scourge, projected by some critics to foul ecosystems for an eon. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, "From a South Side plastics factory to McDonald's HQ, Chicago is on the front lines of anti-straw push," 11 June 2018 There also will be a scourging pillar, a Roman lance, and a life-size corpus on the cross that portrays a dramatic scene, as well as various other items of that time. Joanne Berger Dumound/special To Cleveland.com., cleveland.com, "Local lecturer brings world class Shroud of Turin exhibit to Greater Cleveland," 19 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of scourge

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scourge

Noun

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

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The first known use of scourge was in the 13th century

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20 Oct 2020

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“Scourge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scourge. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for scourge

scourge

noun
How to pronounce scourge (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of scourge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal + literary : 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

English Language Learners Definition of scourge (Entry 2 of 2)

formal + literary
: to cause a lot of trouble or suffering for (someone or something)
: to hit (someone) with a whip as punishment

scourge

noun
\ ˈskərj How to pronounce scourge (audio) \

Kids Definition of scourge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

scourge

verb
scourged; scourging

Kids Definition of scourge (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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