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Meaning & Definition of Scourge in English

English

Scourge

/skərʤ/

noun

1. A whip used to inflict punishment (often used for pedantic humor)

    synonym:
  • scourge
  • ,
  • flagellum

2. Something causing misery or death

  • "The bane of my life"
    synonym:
  • bane
  • ,
  • curse
  • ,
  • scourge
  • ,
  • nemesis

3. A person who inspires fear or dread

  • "He was the terror of the neighborhood"
    synonym:
  • terror
  • ,
  • scourge
  • ,
  • threat

verb

1. Punish severely

  • Excoriate
    synonym:
  • scourge

2. Whip

  • "The religious fanatics flagellated themselves"
    synonym:
  • flagellate
  • ,
  • scourge

3. Cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly

  • "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
    synonym:
  • lay waste to
  • ,
  • waste
  • ,
  • devastate
  • ,
  • desolate
  • ,
  • ravage
  • ,
  • scourge