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Meaning of SCOURGE

Pronunciation:  skurj

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a whip used to inflict punishment (often used for pedantic humor)
  2. [n]  a person who inspires fear or dread; "he was the terror of the neighborhood"
  3. [n]  something causes misery or death; "the bane of my life"
  4. [v]  whip; "The religious fanatics flagellated themselves"
  5. [v]  punish severely

SCOURGE is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: bane, curse, flagellate, flagellum, nemesis, terror, threat
 See Also: affliction, flog, human, individual, lash, lather, mortal, penalise, penalize, person, punish, slash, somebody, someone, soul, strap, trounce, welt, whip, whip



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Scourge\, n. [F. escourg['e]e, fr. L. excoriata (sc.
    scutica) a stripped off (lash or whip), fr. excoriare to
    strip, to skin. See {Excoriate}.]
    1. A lash; a strap or cord; especially, a lash used to
       inflict pain or punishment; an instrument of punishment or
       discipline; a whip.
             Up to coach then goes The observed maid, takes both
             the scourge and reins.                --Chapman.
    2. Hence, a means of inflicting punishment, vengeance, or
       suffering; an infliction of affliction; a punishment.
             Sharp scourges of adversity.          --Chaucer.
             What scourge for perjury Can this dark monarchy
             afford false Clarence?                --Shak.
  2. \Scourge\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scourged}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Scourging}.] [From {Scourge}, n.: cf. OF. escorgier.]
    1. To whip severely; to lash.
             Is it lawful for you to scourge a . . . Roman?
                                                   --Acts xxii.
    2. To punish with severity; to chastise; to afflict, as for
       sins or faults, and with the purpose of correction.
             Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth
             every son whom he receiveth.          --Heb. xii. 6.
    3. To harass or afflict severely.
             To scourge and impoverish the people. --Brougham.