Definition of scourge noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    scourge

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    NAmE//skərdʒ//
     
     
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  1. 1[usually singular] scourge (of somebody/something) (formal) a person or thing that causes trouble or suffering the scourge of war/disease/poverty Inflation was the scourge of the 1970s.
  2. 2a whip used to punish people in the past
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