Scourge

[skˈɜːd͡ʒ], [skˈɜːd‍ʒ], [s_k_ˈɜː_dʒ]

Definitions of scourge:

  1.   To punish with severity; to chastise; to afflict, as for sins or faults, and with the purpose of correction.
  2.   A lash; a strap or cord; especially, a lash used to inflict pain or punishment; an instrument of punishment or discipline; a whip.
  3.   To lash.
  4.   Hence, a means of inflicting punishment, vengeance, or suffering; an infliction of affliction; a punishment.
  5.   See Plague.
  6.   a whip used to inflict punishment ( often used for pedantic humor)
  7.   A lash; an instrument of punishment or discipline; any severe national affliction or visitation, as a famine or a plague; the person or thing that afflicts.
  8.   To whip severely; grieve or torment.
  9.   punish severely; excoriate
  10.   A whip; hence, severe punishment.
  11.   To flog; punish.
  12.   punish severely
  13.   To whip severely; to punish with severity; to chastise; to afflict greatly.
  14.   To whip severely: to punish in order to correct.
  15.   SCOURGER.
  16.   A heavy whip; punishment.
  17.   To punish with severity; to lash; to chastise; to afflict greatly.
  18.   To harass or afflict severely.
  19.   A whip of thongs; an instrument of punishment; a punishment; means of affliction or punishment; any continued evil or calamity.
  20.   devastate or ravage; " The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
  21.   A whip made of leather thongs: an instrument of punishment: a punishment: means of punishment.
  22.   something causes misery or death; " the bane of my life"
  23.   a person who inspires fear or dread; " he was the terror of the neighborhood"
  24.   whip; " The religious fanatics flagellated themselves"
  25.   A whip used to inflict punishment; a means to inflict punishment or cause suffering; hence, severe punishment; a cause of affliction; as, the scourge of Spanish influenza.
  26.   To whip severely; to lash.

Antonyms for scourge:

guard, delight, surrender, good, pass over, consolation, redeemer, defense, benediction, assistance, fall, manna, security, pleasure, comfort, vindicator, benefit, protection, shield, safety, aid, blessing, support, pass by, help, armor, pardon, gift, fail, safeguard, windfall, condone, felicity, godsend, overlook, boon, remit, solace, go under, go down, joy, advantage, relief, Ransomer.


Quotes for scourge:

  1. The dual scourge of hunger and malnutrition will be truly vanquished not only when granaries are full, but also when people's basic health needs are met and women are given their rightful role in societies. – Gro Harlem Brundtland
  2. I think pornography is a scourge on society. – Jerry Falwell
  3. Lebanon can choose to be either a partner in ridding the scourge of terrorism or another obstacle that cows to the most radical elements of society. – Vito Fossella
  4. We had four years of world war which the peoples endured only because they were told that their sufferings would free humanity forever from the scourge of war. – Arthur Henderson
  5. I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind. – Thomas Jefferson
  6. I shall support the law, for the law gentlemen, is the firm and solid basis of civil society, the guardian of liberty, the protection of the innocent, the terror of the guilty, and the scourge of the wicked. – Charles Lawrence
  7. Though the dungeon, the scourge and the executioner be absent, the guilty mind can apply the goad and scorch with blows. – Lucretius
  8. War is the greatest plague that can afflict humanity, it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. Any scourge is preferable to it. – Martin Luther
  9. Japan is the only country in the world which suffered from the scourge of nuclear weapons. – Yoshiro Mori
  10. Meth is a major problem not only in our urban areas, but in most of the rural areas of Colorado. No region has been immune from this scourge and it is getting larger. – Ken Salazar

Usage examples for scourge:

  1. Nay, art thou not the agent of Heaven, to be the scourge of a tyrant? ” – The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
  2. You're right, I'm only from Brescia, and my town has bled heavily under the scourge of Venice. ” – Andrea Delfin by Paul Heyse
  3. Scourge of the seas! ” – The Red Rover by James Fenimore Cooper
  4. But she knew very well that she was poorly off in the gifts that were required to scourge him. ” – Missing by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  5. “ Germany, in spite of her blunders and her grossness, stood forth as the scourge of cant. ” – Greenmantle by John Buchan
  6. I'm willing to ask for guidance of the Lord, but I'm not willing to have you dictate to the Lord what- what I must do, and so whip me in line with the scourge of prayer. ” – The Eye of Dread by Payne Erskine
  7. “ I do not know that the American concessionaires are driven by any such scourge – The Congo and Coasts of Africa by Richard Harding Davis
  8. “ I'll scourge the pigeonlivered cur as long as I can stand over him. ” – Ulysses by James Joyce
  9. On his body he bare helmet and rings of mail and in his hand a heavy scourge of gold. ” – The Nibelungenlied by Unknown
  10. Many, however, fell victims to various temptations, an example of which is to be seen in one who was unable to scourge himself, because, as he fancied, his hand was held by some invisible agent. ” – The Autobiography of St. Ignatius by Saint Ignatius Loyola
  11. And I say to myself: 'I am going to do the little that lies in my power to wipe from this earth that terrible scourge of war. ” – The Debs Decision by Scott Nearing
  12. “ I don't believe you understood what I meant by the scourge of prayer. ” – The Eye of Dread by Payne Erskine
  13. The bad presented themselves to his mind as an obstacle, as a physical scourge – The Life and Works of Friedrich Schiller by Calvin Thomas
  14. It is to make lies our refuge, and under falsehood to hide ourselves, so that we may escape the overflowing scourge – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  15. At once the proof and scourge of man's fallen state. ” – Elsie's Womanhood by Martha Finley
  16. “ " This vessel was originally built for his Most Faithful Majesty; and, I believe, was either intended as a present or a scourge to the Algerines; but- but she has changed owners, as you see, and her fortune is a little altered; though how, or why, is a trifle with which we will not, just now divert ourselves. ” – The Red Rover by James Fenimore Cooper
  17. War, in his estimation, was an inevitable necessity in the order of the world, but it was an awful element in the " world problem"; " a fearful scourge a condition to be outgrown along with vice, passion, injustice, selfishness, ambition, a sign that is destined to disappear as intelligence and Christianity come in. ” – Recollections and Impressions 1822-1890 by Octavius Brooks Frothingham
  18. “ Chains were rattling, fierce and stern voices uttered threats, and the scourge resounded at their command. ” – From-Twice-Told-Tales by Hawthorne, Nathaniel
  19. You remember the scourge of knotted cords and the holy temple. ” – St. Cuthbert's by Robert E. Knowles
  20. “ I tell you so, and take a scourge and scourge myself, for it is true that in her new joy this miserable creature that I am thought of you least. ” – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith

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