scourge

Definitions

  • The Scourging of Christ
    The Scourging of Christ
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v scourge cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly "The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
    • v scourge whip "The religious fanatics flagellated themselves"
    • v scourge punish severely; excoriate
    • n scourge a whip used to inflict punishment (often used for pedantic humor)
    • n scourge a person who inspires fear or dread "he was the terror of the neighborhood"
    • n scourge something causing misery or death "the bane of my life"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scourge A lash; a strap or cord; especially, a lash used to inflict pain or punishment; an instrument of punishment or discipline; a whip. "Up to coach then goes
      The observed maid, takes both the scourge and reins."
    • Scourge Hence, a means of inflicting punishment, vengeance, or suffering; an infliction of affliction; a punishment. "Sharp scourges of adversity.""What scourge for perjury
      Can this dark monarchy afford false Clarence?"
    • Scourge To harass or afflict severely. "To scourge and impoverish the people."
    • Scourge To punish with severity; to chastise; to afflict, as for sins or faults, and with the purpose of correction. "Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth."
    • Scourge To whip severely; to lash. "Is it lawful for you to scourge a . . . Roman?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scourge A whip for the infliction of pain or punishment; a lash. See flagellum, 1.
    • n scourge A punishment; a punitive affliction; any means of inflicting punishment. vengeance, or suffering.
    • n scourge One who or that which greatly afflicts, harasses, or destroys.
    • scourge To whip with a scourge; lash; apply the scourge to.
    • scourge To punish with severity; chastise or correct; afflict for sins or faults, and for the purpose of correction.
    • scourge To afflict greatly; harass; torment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scourge skurj a whip made of leather thongs: an instrument of punishment: a punishment: means of punishment
    • v.t Scourge to whip severely: to punish in order to correct
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Quotations

  • Lucretius
    Lucretius
    “Though the dungeon, the scourge, and the executioner be absent, the guilty mind can apply the goad and scorch with blows.”
  • Apocrypha
    Apocrypha
    “The curiosity to know things has been given to man as a scourge.”
  • Saul Landau
    Saul Landau
    “Study is the scourge of boyhood, the environment of youth, the indulgence of adults and the curative for the aged.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. escourgée, fr. L. excoriata,sc. scutica,) a stripped off (lash or whip), fr. excoriare, to strip, to skin. See Excoriate

Usage

In literature:

The yellow fever scourge came down upon the South during the late summer of 1878, and softened the hearts of some.
"T. De Witt Talmage" by T. De Witt Talmage
No babes are we in aught that appertains To arms, though humbled by the scourge of Jove.
"The Iliad of Homer" by Homer
On the road he scourged himself daily.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
It was the combined forces of the Goth and the Frank which drove this scourge out of Europe.
"A Short History of France" by Mary Platt Parmele
This disease is by far the most fatal scourge the natives suffer from, not even excepting small-pox.
"The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death, Volume II (of 2), 1869-1873" by David Livingstone
The scourging and beating of wives is one of the worst features of Moslem domestic life.
"The Women of the Arabs" by Henry Harris Jessup
From this condition of things sprang the scourge of typhus which started in January, 1915, and swept the land.
"Elsie Inglis" by Eva Shaw McLaren
But you would not scourge them, you would not scourge them, they are so ... Ah!
"Plays of Near & Far" by Lord Dunsany
Her body bore even yet the marks where cruel scourgings in her youth had furrowed deep scars from head to waist.
"A Book of Quaker Saints" by Lucy Violet Hodgkin
He was scourged and beheaded, and his house razed to the ground.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
Before he prevailed they nearly choked him, and scourged him so sorely that he did not recover for some time.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
Hasten the punishment and the scourge that there may be a speedy return to thee!
"Standard Selections" by Various
Otherwise he would rather be scourged at the white sand than face the darkness in which O'Iwa San wanders abroad.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
From barricade, breastwork, and riflepit, how the scourged rebels pour out!
"Continental Monthly , Vol. 6, No. 1, July, 1864" by Various
Stilwell was downcast by the blow he had received in the loss of more than half his herd through the Texas scourge.
"Trail's End" by George W. Ogden
He regarded the maternal instinct as the scourge of genius.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
You remember the scourge of knotted cords and the holy temple.
"St. Cuthbert's" by Robert E. Knowles
The colony, however, was now free from the scourge of savage hostility.
"The Conquest of Canada (Vol. 1 of 2)" by George Warburton
Apparently the only beasts able to withstand this scourge are goats and dogs.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
And was Christ crucified that black men might be scourged?
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
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In poetry:

It was said to us: "Verily ye are great of heart,
But ye shall bend;
Ye are bondmen and bondwomen, to be scourged and smart,
To toil and tend."
"Super Flumina Babylonis" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
O Death! thou scourge most mighty, thou!
Must all to thy dread summons bow?
Oh, stay thy coming, shield thy dart!
In thee are all to share a part?
"On Death" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Yes we have sinned and God has scourged us,
And from his chastenings we are sore,
Oh! may the deep affliction urge us
To live in peace and sin no more.
"Admonition" by James Madison Bell
Voice of a great wind, of wild ocean surges,
Storming the gates of Heaven,
The people of God singing under the scourges
Wherewith they are healed and shriven.
"The Great Sorrow" by Katharine Tynan
The burden I must bear, while the cruel scourge I fear,
In the lands of Virginia-ginia O;
And I think on friends most dear with the bitter, bitter tear,
And Alas! I am weary, weary O!
And I think &c.
"The Slave’s Lament" by Robert Burns
Knowledge dwells with length of days;
Wisdom walks in ancient ways;
Thine the compass that could guide
A nation o'er the stormy tide,
Scourged by passions, doubts, and fears,
Safe through thrice a thousand years!
"At The Banquet To The Chinese Embassy" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

The middle class is a rising scourge.
Slain Hamas boss, scourge of Israel, was dead man walking.
Sex abuse 'scourge' for all society.
Scourge of the heartland .
It's prompted high-level officials to get involved in addressing the scourge.
Packaging waste-including plastics waste-the scourge of Western civilization, has found itself an unlikely vocal champion.
Same-Sexer Showrunners Bring Scourge to New Series.
Scourge of Scientology dies in apparent suicide.
You can be the first to hear the third song on that disc, " Scourge of Iron," below.
Sex abuse ' scourge ' for all society.
Great Achievement or Scourge on Health.
Stopping a statewide scourge .
Includes eliminating our strip-club scourge .
Finding an answer to the drug scourge .
West Village Residents Fight Neighborhood Scourge .
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