- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /skɜːdʒ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /skɜɹdʒ/
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- Rhymes: -ɜː(r)dʒ
scourge (plural scourges)
- A source of persistent trouble such as pestilence that causes pain and suffering or widespread destruction.
- Graffiti is the scourge of building owners everywhere.
- A means to inflict such pain or destruction.
- What scourge for perjury / Can this dark monarchy afford false Clarence?
- 2013 June 1, “Towards the end of poverty”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 11:
- America’s poverty line is $63 a day for a family of four. In the richer parts of the emerging world $4 a day is the poverty barrier. But poverty’s scourge is fiercest below $1.25 ([…]): people below that level live lives that are poor, nasty, brutish and short.
- A whip, often of leather.
- He flogged him with a scourge.
- Up to coach then goes / The observed maid, takes both the scourge and reins.
persistent pest, illness, or source of trouble
means to inflict such pain
a whip often of leather
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
- To strike with a scourge; to flog.
- (to whip or scourge): Thesaurus:whip
to strike with a scourge
- scourge in the Encyclopædia Britannica (11th edition, 1911)
- “scourge” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.