Definition of scourge in English:
- Begone, or shall I be required to chastise you with the whip and the scourge once more?
- They were in hot pursuit of their escaping slaves, with whips and scourges cracking, and blades drawn.
- Like every city, Sheffield suffers from the scourge of nuisance neighbours, but has taken a leading role in trying to address the problem.
- The fiction business, Bellaigue tells us, is troubled by twin scourges: speculative advances and competitive discounts.
- ‘Bill suffered the scourge of asthma all his life,’ he said.
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- As he is beaten, he falls on his back and can see only the foot of the soldier who is scourging him.
- Beattie stripped him of all his assumed dignity, and having laid his back bare, scourged him till he smarted keenly, and cursed again.
- He continued to scourge me even after I had collapsed onto the pier.
- The Italian playwright was awarded the Nobel Prize for ‘emulating the jesters of the Middle Ages in scourging authority and upholding the dignity of the downtrodden’.
- He also scourges the bureaucracy and the corruption, and the collusion between the Mafia and politicians.
- Straddling two of the Indian subcontinent's mightiest rivers, the country is regularly drowned by flood crests surging downstream or scourged by whirlwinds from the sea.
Scourge is a shortening of Old French escorgier, from Latin ex- ‘thoroughly’ and corrigia ‘thong, whip’. It is a word used most often figuratively as in the Scourge of God for an instrument of divine chastisement, the title given by historians to Attila the Hun in the 5th century.
Words that rhyme with scourgeconverge, dirge, diverge, emerge, merge, purge, serge, splurge, spurge, submerge, surge, urge, verge
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