[ US /ˈskɝdʒ/ ]
[ UK /skˈɜːd‍ʒ/ ]
NOUN
  1. something causing misery or death
    the bane of my life
  2. a person who inspires fear or dread
    he was the terror of the neighborhood
  3. a whip used to inflict punishment (often used for pedantic humor)
VERB
  1. whip
    The religious fanatics flagellated themselves
  2. cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
    The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion
  3. punish severely; excoriate
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How To Use scourge In A Sentence

  • Washington, who believed liquor a particular scourge among blacks, sent felicitations. LAST CALL
  • No longer the torch-bearer of iconoclasm, the scourge of intellectual hypocrisy, I had become instead mere target practice for Banner Wavers Anonymous.
  • Its only scourge - heavy lorries - rumbling through its streets, polluting the environment and damaging historic buildings.
  • It is a scourge to a sinful land; as once it was for the destruction of the whole world, so it is now often for the correction or discipline of some parts of it, by hindering seedness and harvest, raising the waters, and damaging the fruits. Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)
  • With new efforts to try to manage this killer disease it is important that nations begin tackling some of the problems that fuel the scourge.
  • If we raise this money now, we will be preventing future generations from suffering this age-old scourge.
  • In countries afflicted by epidemics and pandemics like malaria and tuberculosis, growth and development will be threatened until these scourges can be contained.
  • This must change if we are to tackle this scourge on our streets. The Sun
  • After the scourge of war came the scourge of disease.
  • Any compromise with this scourge of majoritarian roguery, or any delay in quashing and quelling it out of existence, would only destroy democracy.
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