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scourge

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noun \ˈskərj also ˈskōrj, ˈskȯrj, ˈsku̇rj\

Definition of scourge

  1. 1 :  whip; especially :  one used to inflict pain or punishment

  2. 2 :  an instrument of punishment or criticism

  3. 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.

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


First Known Use: 13th century

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scourge

transitive verb

Definition of scourge

scourged

scourging

  1. 1 :  flog, whip

  2. 2a :  to punish severelyb :  afflictc :  to drive as if by blows of a whipd :  chastise

scourger

noun

Examples of scourge in a sentence

  1. a neighborhood scourged by crime

  2. The prisoner was scourged with a whip.

14th Century

First Known Use of scourge

14th century


SCOURGE Defined for English Language Learners

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scourge

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noun \ˈskərj also ˈskōrj, ˈskȯrj, ˈsku̇rj\

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


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scourge

transitive 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

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noun \ˈskərj\

Definition of scourge for Students

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

  2. 2 :  2whip 1


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scourge

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verb

Definition of scourge for Students

scourged

scourging

  1. 1 :  to cause trouble or suffering to :  afflict <Crime scourges the neighborhood.>

  2. 2 :  to whip severely :  flog



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