scourge

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French escorgier (to whip), from Vulgar Latin excorrigere, consisting of ex- + Latin corrigo

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Noun[edit]

scourge (countable and uncountable, plural scourges)

  1. (uncountable) A source of persistent trouble such as pestilence that causes pain and suffering or widespread destruction.
    Graffiti is the scourge of building owners everywhere.
  2. A means to inflict such pain or destruction.
    • Shakespeare
      What scourge for perjury / Can this dark monarchy afford false Clarence?
    • 2013 June 1, “Towards the end of poverty”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 11: 
      America’s poverty line is $63 a day for a family of four. In the richer parts of the emerging world $4 a day is the poverty barrier. But poverty’s scourge is fiercest below $1.25 ([…]): people below that level live lives that are poor, nasty, brutish and short.
  3. A whip, often of leather.
    He flogged him with a scourge.
    • Chapman
      Up to coach then goes / The observed maid, takes both the scourge and reins.

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Verb[edit]

scourge (third-person singular simple present scourges, present participle scourging, simple past and past participle scourged)

  1. To strike with a scourge, to flog.

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