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scourge

scourge

 
 
pronunciation:
skuhrj
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a whip used to punish people.
synonyms:
knout, rod, strap, switch
definition 2: someone or something that inflicts punishment or causes suffering or destruction.
The unfortunate population had already undergone the scourge of a cholera epidemic.
synonyms:
affliction, bane, pestilence
similar words:
blight, cancer, curse, enemy, malignancy, plague, rod
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: scourged, scourges, scourging
definition 1: to flog with a scourge; whip.
synonyms:
flagellate, flog, whip
similar words:
beat, flail, lambaste, lash, strap, thrash
definition 2: to inflict punishment, suffering, or destruction upon.
synonyms:
afflict
similar words:
castigate, chasten, chastise, curse, discipline, plague, punish, torment, trouble
derivations: scourgingly (adv.), scourger (n.)