scourge
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /skɜːdʒ/
  • (GA) IPA: /skɜɹdʒ/
    • (America, also) IPA: /skɔɹdʒ/
Noun

scourge (plural scourges)

  1. 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.
    • 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?
  3. A whip, often of leather.
    He flogged him with a scourge.
    • Up to coach then goes / The observed maid, takes both the scourge and reins.
Translations Translations Verb

scourge (scourges, present participle scourging; past and past participle scourged)

  1. To strike with a scourge; to flog.
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