scourger

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n scourger a torturer who flogs or scourges (especially an official whose duty is to whip offenders)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Scourger One who scourges or punishes; one who afflicts severely. "The West must own the scourger of the world."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scourger One who scourges or punishes; specifically, a flagellant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scourger a flagellant
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. escorgie (Fr. écourgée)—L. (scutia) excoriata, (a whip) made of leather—corium, leather.

Usage

In literature:

Some began to cry for scourgers, whose office it was to lash combatants unwilling to fight.
"Quo Vadis" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
The sentence of the court was carried out by a scourger, sometimes called flagellator, or flogger.
"The Book of the Bush" by George Dunderdale
Some began to cry for scourgers, whose office it was to lash combatants unwilling to fight.
"Standard Selections" by Various
Some began to cry for scourgers, whose office it was to 30 lash combatants unwilling to fight.
"Story Hour Readings: Seventh Year" by E.C. Hartwell
There shall be given for a remedy the city of Claudius, which shall interpose the nurse of the scourger.
"Old English Chronicles" by Various
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In poetry:

Some fever of the blood and brain,
Some self-exalting spell,
The scourger's keen delight of pain,
The Dervish dance, the Orphic strain,
The wild-haired Bacchant's yell,--
"The Brewing Of Soma" by John Greenleaf Whittier
But have faith that Time the Scourger will be even with the perjure,
When shall greener be the verdure upon Aspromonte's slope,
When the populations fitted to be wholly manumitted,
Shall be trampled nor outwitted, or by Emperor or Pope.
"Aspromonte" by Alfred Austin