Scourge – meaning of the word and examples

Something or someone that causes great suffering or a lot of trouble: (Cambridge Dictionary)

Whip, especially one used to inflict pain or punishment. (Merriam – Webster)

An instrument of punishment or criticism. (Merriam – Webster)

A cause of wide or great affliction. (Merriam – Webster)

A whip used as an instrument of punishment. (Oxford Dictionaries)

A person or thing that causes great trouble or suffering. (Oxford Dictionaries)

scourge is something that causes a lot of trouble or suffering to a group of people. (Collins Dictionary)

If something scourges a place or group of people, it causes great pain and suffering to people. (Collins Dictionary)


The Roman scourge enlarged.

The original meaning of “Scourge” and how it changed.


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