What does scourge mean?

Definitions for scourge
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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word scourge.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. scourge, flagellumnoun

    a whip used to inflict punishment (often used for pedantic humor)

  2. bane, curse, scourge, nemesisnoun

    something causing misery or death

    "the bane of my life"

  3. terror, scourge, threatverb

    a person who inspires fear or dread

    "he was the terror of the neighborhood"

  4. scourgeverb

    punish severely; excoriate

  5. flagellate, scourgeverb

    whip

    "The religious fanatics flagellated themselves"

  6. lay waste to, waste, devastate, desolate, ravage, scourgeverb

    cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly

    "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"

Wiktionary

  1. scourgenoun

    A persistent pest, illness, or source of trouble, (figurative) cause of suffering to people.

    Graffiti is the scourge of building owners everywhere.

    Etymology: From Old French escorgier, from Vulgar Latin excorrigiāre, consisting of ex- + corrigia

  2. scourgenoun

    A whip often of leather.

    He flogged him with a scourge.

    Etymology: From Old French escorgier, from Vulgar Latin excorrigiāre, consisting of ex- + corrigia

  3. scourgeverb

    To strike with a scourge.

    Etymology: From Old French escorgier, from Vulgar Latin excorrigiāre, consisting of ex- + corrigia

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scourgenoun

    a lash; a strap or cord; especially, a lash used to inflict pain or punishment; an instrument of punishment or discipline; a whip

    Etymology: [From Scourge, n.: cf. OF. escorgier.]

  2. Scourgenoun

    hence, a means of inflicting punishment, vengeance, or suffering; an infliction of affliction; a punishment

    Etymology: [From Scourge, n.: cf. OF. escorgier.]

  3. Scourgenoun

    to whip severely; to lash

    Etymology: [From Scourge, n.: cf. OF. escorgier.]

  4. Scourgenoun

    to punish with severity; to chastise; to afflict, as for sins or faults, and with the purpose of correction

    Etymology: [From Scourge, n.: cf. OF. escorgier.]

  5. Scourgenoun

    to harass or afflict severely

    Etymology: [From Scourge, n.: cf. OF. escorgier.]

Freebase

  1. Scourge

    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

  1. Scourge

    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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. scourge

    A name of the boatswain's cat.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scourge in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scourge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of scourge in a Sentence

  1. Pope Francis:

    May it be possible for bridges of dialogue to be built, by continuing to fight the scourge of corruption and to seek viable and peaceful solutions to disputes, for progress and the strengthening of democratic institutions in complete respect for the rule of law.

  2. President Trump:

    We must be relentless in our efforts to tackle the scourge of addiction that has affected so many families and communities across the United States. The Strategy builds upon our current whole-of-government approach that educates Americans about the dangers of drug abuse, ensures those struggling with addiction get the help they need, and stops the flow of illegal drugs across our borders.

  3. Chadwick Boseman:

    It hurts more to know that we cant have another conversation, or Facetime, or text message exchange, he would send vegetarian recipes and eating regimens for my family and me to follow during the pandemic. He would check in on me and my loved ones, even as he dealt with the scourge of cancer.

  4. Preet Bharara:

    Public corruption is a scourge, but lies to law enforcement make the job of fighting corruption doubly difficult.

  5. Jan Kubis:

    Despite their steady losses to pro government forces, the scourge of ISIL continues to kill, maim and displace Iraqi civilians in the thousands and to cause untold suffering.

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