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Noun: scourge  skurj
  1. A whip used to inflict punishment (often used for pedantic humour)
    - flagellum
  2. Something causing misery or death
    "the scourge of my life";
    - bane, curse, nemesis
  3. A person who inspires fear or dread
    "he was the scourge of the neighbourhood";
    - terror, threat
Verb: scourge  skurj
  1. Punish severely; excoriate
  2. Whip
    "The religious fanatics scourged themselves";
    - flagellate
  3. Cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
    - lay waste to, waste, devastate, desolate, ravage, lay waste

Derived forms: scourging, scourged, scourges

Type of: affliction, destroy, flog, individual, lash, lather, mortal, penalise [Brit], penalize, person, punish, ruin, sanction, slash, somebody, someone, soul, strap, trounce, welt, whale [N. Amer], whip

Encyclopedia: Scourge