a whip used to inflict punishment (often used for pedantic humor)
bane, curse, scourge, nemesis(noun)
something causing misery or death
"the bane of my life"
terror, scourge, threat(verb)
a person who inspires fear or dread
"he was the terror of the neighborhood"
punish severely; excoriate
"The religious fanatics flagellated themselves"
lay waste to, waste, devastate, desolate, ravage, scourge(verb)
cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
"The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
A persistent pest, illness, or source of trouble, (figurative) cause of suffering to people.
Graffiti is the scourge of building owners everywhere.
A whip often of leather.
He flogged him with a scourge.
To strike with a scourge.
Origin: From Old French escorgier, from Vulgar Latin excorrigiāre, consisting of ex- + corrigia
a lash; a strap or cord; especially, a lash used to inflict pain or punishment; an instrument of punishment or discipline; a whip
hence, a means of inflicting punishment, vengeance, or suffering; an infliction of affliction; a punishment
to whip severely; to lash
to punish with severity; to chastise; to afflict, as for sins or faults, and with the purpose of correction
to harass or afflict severely
Origin: [From Scourge, n.: cf. OF. escorgier.]
A scourge is a whip or lash, especially a multi-thong type, used to inflict severe corporal punishment or self-mortification on the back.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
skurj, n. a whip made of leather thongs: an instrument of punishment: a punishment: means of punishment.—v.t. to whip severely: to punish in order to correct.—n. Scour′ger, a flagellant. [O. Fr. escorgie (Fr. écourgée)—L. (scutia) excoriata, (a whip) made of leather—corium, leather.]
The numerical value of Scourge in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of Scourge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Violence in all forms has become a scourge on our society.
Public corruption is a scourge, but lies to law enforcement make the job of fighting corruption doubly difficult.
Though the dungeon, the scourge, and the executioner be absent, the guilty mind can apply the goad and scorch with blows.
This is yet another reminder that the world must unite, we must be together, regardless of nationality or race or faith, in fighting the scourge of terrorism.
This is my No. 1 priority, i’ve got a lot of things on my plate, but my top priority is to defeat ISIL, and to eliminate the scourge of this barbaric terrorism.
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Translations for Scourge
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- وباء, سوط, بَلْوَىArabic
- plage, svøbeDanish
- Geißel, PlageGerman
- flagelo, azote, escoriaSpanish
- ruoska, maanvaiva, vitsaus, piiskaFinnish
- fouet, fléau, écourgéeFrench
- flagello, flagellare, piagaItalian
- geselen, gesel, schrik, plaagDutch
- flagelo, flagelarPortuguese
- беда, [[бить]] [[плеть, плеть, бич, кара, бедствие, бичева́тьRussian
- gissel, plågaSwedish
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