Definitions for: Scourge

[n] a whip used to inflict punishment (often used for pedantic humor)
[n] a person who inspires fear or dread; "he was the terror of the neighborhood"
[n] something causes misery or death; "the bane of my life"
[v] whip; "The religious fanatics flagellated themselves"
[v] punish severely

Webster (1913) Definition: Scourge, n. [F. escourg['e]e, fr. L. excoriata (sc.
scutica) a stripped off (lash or whip), fr. excoriare to
strip, to skin. See Excoriate.]
1. 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. --Chapman.

2. Hence, a means of inflicting punishment, vengeance, or
suffering; an infliction of affliction; a punishment.

Sharp scourges of adversity. --Chaucer.

What scourge for perjury Can this dark monarchy
afford false Clarence? --Shak.

Scourge, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Scourged; p. pr. & vb.
n. Scourging.] [From Scourge, n.: cf. OF. escorgier.]
1. To whip severely; to lash.

Is it lawful for you to scourge a . . . Roman?
--Acts xxii.

2. 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. --Heb. xii. 6.

3. To harass or afflict severely.

To scourge and impoverish the people. --Brougham.

Synonyms: bane, curse, flagellate, flagellum, nemesis, terror, threat

See Also: affliction, flog, human, individual, lash, lather, mortal, penalise, penalize, person, punish, slash, somebody, someone, soul, strap, trounce, welt, whip, whip

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