scourge Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a whip used to inflict punishment (often used for pedantic humor)
noun something causing misery or death
bane; nemesis; curse.
- the bane of my life
noun a person who inspires fear or dread
- he was the terror of the neighborhood
verb punish severely; excoriate
- The religious fanatics flagellated themselves
verb cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
desolate; devastate; lay waste to; ravage; waste.
- The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion
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.
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.
Scourge transitive verb
To whip severely; to lash.
is it lawful for you to scourge a . . . Roman? Acts xxii. 25.
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.
To harass or afflict severely.
To scourge and impoverish the people. Brougham.
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