Definition of scourge verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    scourge

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//skɜːdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɜːrdʒ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scourge
    BrE BrE//skɜːdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɜːrdʒ//
     
    he / she / it scourges
    BrE BrE//ˈskɜːdʒɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɜːrdʒɪz//
     
    past simple scourged
    BrE BrE//skɜːdʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɜːrdʒd//
     
    past participle scourged
    BrE BrE//skɜːdʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɜːrdʒd//
     
    -ing form scourging
    BrE BrE//ˈskɜːdʒɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɜːrdʒɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[usually passive] scourge somebody (literary) to cause trouble or suffering to somebody He lay awake, scourged by his conscience.
  2. 2scourge somebody (old use) to hit somebody with a scourge synonym whip
  3. Word Origin Middle English: shortening of Old French escorge (noun), escorgier (verb), from Latin ex- ‘thoroughly’ + corrigia ‘thong, whip’.
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