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

Synonyms: Verb

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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 In the 1950s, when a vaccine was developed to fight the scourge of polio, authorities made inoculations simple and swift. Willie Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Willie Brown: It’s time for California to give the vaccine to anyone who wants it," 9 Jan. 2021 While the Caldwell affair and Boggs' role in it forced the colonial government to acknowledge the scourge of piracy, piracy itself was not new. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "The American pirate who kicked off one of Hong Kong's earliest major political scandals," 22 Dec. 2020 Sociologist Sabrina Strings put the finest of points on this intertwining of enlightenment ideals, white body norms, and racist impulses to control the scourge of Blackness. Tressie Mcmillan Cottom, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lizzo, “Body Positivity,” and the Impossible Expectations for Black Women’s Bodies," 17 Dec. 2020 For tidy gamers: PS5 DualSense Controller Charging Station Avoid the scourge of dead batteries and ensure that your PS5 controllers have a home between gaming sessions with this official charging station. Simon Hill, USA TODAY, "30 amazing gifts gamers actually want," 10 Dec. 2020 Science is uniquely positioned to help end the scourge of the pandemic and set us on a course to rebuild our economy. Tom Daschle, STAT, "Make science bipartisan again," 3 Dec. 2020 Experts say the sudden surge in the consumption of single-use PPE has reversed years of efforts to battle the scourge of nondegradable solid waste. Washington Post, "The pandemic is generating tons of discarded PPE. This entrepreneur is turning them into bricks.," 25 Nov. 2020 State constitutions, the Supreme Court has held, can even help prevent the scourge of partisan gerrymandering. Star Tribune, "Four ways progressive states can respond to conservative courts," 17 Nov. 2020 Why would someone whose campaign stemmed the scourge of collectivism co-sign a 110-page Menshevik-Bolshevik Unity Pact? David Harsanyi, National Review, "Joe Biden Is Just an Idea," 1 Oct. 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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18 Jan 2021

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“Scourge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scourge. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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