Scourge
Scourge 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. [1913 Webster]

Up to coach then goes The observed maid, takes both the scourge and reins. --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, a means of inflicting punishment, vengeance, or suffering; an infliction of affliction; a punishment. [1913 Webster]

Sharp scourges of adversity. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

What scourge for perjury Can this dark monarchy afford false Clarence? --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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  • Scourge — Scourge, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scourged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Scourging}.] [From {Scourge}, n.: cf. OF. escorgier.] 1. To whip severely; to lash. [1913 Webster] Is it lawful for you to scourge a . . . Roman? Acts xxii. 25. [1913 Webster] 2. To punish …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scourge — Datos generales Origen Uberlândia, Minas Gerais, Brazil Información artística Género(s) Death metal Technical death …   Wikipedia Español

  • scourge — (n.) early 13c., from Anglo Fr. escorge, back formation from O.Fr. escorgier to whip, from V.L. *excorrigiare, from L. ex out, off + corrigia thong, shoelace, in this case whip, probably from a Gaulish word related to O.Ir. cuimrech fetter. The… …   Etymology dictionary

  • scourge — [n] plague, torment affliction, bane, correction, curse, infliction, misfortune, penalty, pest, pestilence, punishment, terror, visitation; concepts 674,675 Ant. advantage, benefit, blessing, boon, delight, happiness scourge [v] beat, punish,… …   New thesaurus

  • scourge — ► NOUN 1) historical a whip used as an instrument of punishment. 2) a person or thing causing great trouble or suffering. ► VERB 1) historical whip with a scourge. 2) cause great suffering to. ORIGIN Old French escorge, from Latin ex thoroughly + …   English terms dictionary

  • scourge — [skʉrj] n. [ME < OFr escorgie < L ex, off, from + corrigia, a strap, whip] 1. a whip or other instrument for flogging 2. any means of inflicting severe punishment, suffering, or vengeance 3. any cause of serious trouble or affliction [the… …   English World dictionary

  • scourge — index catastrophe, disaster, discipline (punishment), discipline (punish), disease, harm (noun) …   Law dictionary

  • Scourge — A scourge (from Italian scoriada , from Latin excoriare = to flay and corium = skin ) is a whip or lash, especially a multi thong type used to inflict severe corporal punishment or self mortification on the back. It is also an air unit in the… …   Wikipedia

  • scourge — I UK [skɜː(r)dʒ] / US [skɜrdʒ] noun [countable] Word forms scourge : singular scourge plural scourges formal 1) something that causes a lot of trouble or harm the effort to keep the scourge of drugs off our streets 2) someone in a position of… …   English dictionary

  • Scourge — Apparently recorded as Scorg, Scourge, and the diminutive Scourgie, this is a rare surname. It is English or at least is recorded in England since at least Elizabethan times (1558 1603), but is probably of Olde Norse Viking or Olde French origins …   Surnames reference

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