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



    BrE BrE//skɜːdʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɜːrdʒ//
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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
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: shortening of Old French escorge (noun), escorgier (verb), from Latin ex- ‘thoroughly’ + corrigia ‘thong, whip’.Extra examples He is well-known as a scourge of the Establishment. The Green Party sees the motor car as a scourge on society. freeing the world from the scourge of nuclear weapons taking action against the growing scourge of hunger the need to remove the terrible scourge of poverty from our community
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