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scourge

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1 a long thin or flexible tool for striking

  • the museum display included a scourge, thumbscrews, and other notorious instruments of torture
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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
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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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scourge

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1 to bring destruction to (something) through violent action

  • barbarians scourged the countryside, leaving village after village burned to the ground
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2 to strike repeatedly with something long and thin or flexible

  • scourge the tree with a whip to loosen the bark
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