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Definition of Scourge


  1. A lash; a strap or cord; especially, a lash used to inflict pain or punishment; an instrument of punishment or discipline; a whip.
  2. Hence, a means of inflicting punishment, vengeance, or suffering; an infliction of affliction; a punishment.
  3. To whip severely; to lash.
  4. To punish with severity; to chastise; to afflict, as for sins or faults, and with the purpose of correction.
  5. To harass or afflict severely.

Scourge Quotations

It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.
Aung San Suu Kyi

Yet, nearly 6 decades after the Holocaust concluded, Anti-Semitism still exists as the scourge of the world.
Eliot Engel

Cleanliness is the scourge of art.
Craig Brown

War is the greatest plague that can afflict humanity, it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. Any scourge is preferable to it.
Martin Luther

It is a remarkable fact that smallpox, a scourge for thousands of years, has now vanished from the earth, except for two tiny vials, one locked in a highly secure facility at the Centers for Disease Control, in Atlanta, and another stored in a similarly secure vault in Siberia.
Michael Specter
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Scourge Translations

scourge in Dutch is plaag
scourge in French is plaie, cingler
scourge in German is peitschen
scourge in Italian is frustare
scourge in Latin is plaga
scourge in Spanish is azotar, zurriagar
scourge in Swedish is gissel, gissla
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