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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /skɜːdʒ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /skɜɹdʒ/
Audio (US) (file)
- Rhymes: -ɜː(r)dʒ
scourge (plural scourges)
- A source of persistent trouble such as pestilence that causes pain and suffering or widespread destruction.
- Graffiti is the scourge of building owners everywhere.
- A means to inflict such pain or destruction.
- c. 1593, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene iv]:
- What scourge for perjury / Can this dark monarchy afford false Clarence?
- 2013 June 1, “Towards the end of poverty”, in 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.
- A whip, often of leather.
- He flogged him with a scourge.
- (Can we date this quote by Chapman and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
- Up to coach then goes / The observed maid, takes both the scourge and reins.
- 1936, Rollo Ahmed, The Black Art, London: Long, page 99:
- These men lashed themselves and each other unmercifully with knotted leather scourges until the blood ran, two or three times daily.
persistent pest, illness, or source of trouble
means to inflict such pain
a whip often of leather
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
- To strike with a scourge; to flog.
- (to whip or scourge): Thesaurus:whip
to strike with a scourge
- scourge in the Encyclopædia Britannica (11th edition, 1911)
- “scourge” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.