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offscouring

[awf-skouuh r-ing, -skou-er-, of-]
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noun
  1. Often offscourings. something scoured off; filth; refuse.
  2. a social outcast.
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Origin of offscouring

1520–30; off + scouring, after verb phrase scour off
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

debrisscraptrashrubbishhogwashrummagejunkleavingsslopswillrubblelitterdrossoffalexcessdregsruinssweepingsdreckoffscourings

Examples from the Web for offscouring

Historical Examples

  • As the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things, unto this day.

    Things as They Are

    Amy Wilson-Carmichael

  • You assert that they are infamous and base, the offscouring of the earth.

  • The degradation of the ass, the offscouring of all things, is probably at the root of this.

    Beast and Man in India

    John Lockwood Kipling

  • We are made as the refuse of this world, the offscouring of all, even until now.

  • Is it because those who cherish it are treated as the offscouring of all flesh, in the place of their birth?

    Thoughts on African Colonization

    William Lloyd Garrison