Scourge - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |skɜːrdʒ|  American pronunciation of the word scourge
Brit.  |skəːdʒ|  British pronunciation of the word scourge

noun

- a whip used to inflict punishment (often used for pedantic humor) (syn: flagellum)
- something causing misery or death (syn: bane, curse, nemesis)
- a person who inspires fear or dread (syn: terror, threat)

verb

- punish severely; excoriate
- whip (syn: flagellate)
- cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly (syn: desolate, devastate, ravage, waste)

Examples

a city ravaged by the scourge of unemployment

The disease continues to be a scourge in the developing world.

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: scourge
he/she/it: scourges
present participle: scourging
past tense: scourged
past participle: scourged
noun
singular: scourge
plural: scourges
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