Definitions of scourge

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

Usage examples for scourge

  1. " 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
  2. Scourge of the seas! – The Red Rover by James Fenimore Cooper
  3. At once the proof and scourge of man's fallen state. – Elsie's Womanhood by Martha Finley
  4. On his body he bare helmet and rings of mail and in his hand a heavy scourge of gold. – The Nibelungenlied by Unknown
  5. 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
  6. The bad presented themselves to his mind as an obstacle, as a physical scourge – The Life and Works of Friedrich Schiller by Calvin Thomas
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. I'll scourge the pigeonlivered cur as long as I can stand over him. – Ulysses by James Joyce
  10. You're right, I'm only from Brescia, and my town has bled heavily under the scourge of Venice. – Andrea Delfin by Paul Heyse
  11. 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
  12. Germany, in spite of her blunders and her grossness, stood forth as the scourge of cant. – Greenmantle by John Buchan
  13. Nay, art thou not the agent of Heaven, to be the scourge of a tyrant? – The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
  14. I don't believe you understood what I meant by the scourge of prayer. – The Eye of Dread by Payne Erskine
  15. 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
  16. You remember the scourge of knotted cords and the holy temple. – St. Cuthbert's by Robert E. Knowles
  17. I do not know that the American concessionaires are driven by any such scourge – The Congo and Coasts of Africa by Richard Harding Davis
  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. But she knew very well that she was poorly off in the gifts that were required to scourge him. – Missing by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  20. 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