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scourges

noun
plural of 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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scourges

verb
present tense third-person singular of scourge

Synonyms & Antonyms of scourges (Entry 2 of 2)

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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“Scourges.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/scourges. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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