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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
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Related Words

debrisscraptrashrubbishhogwashrummagejunkleavingsslopswillrubblelitterdrossoffalexcessdregsruinssweepingsdreckoffscourings

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Historical Examples

  • All the world had turned to California; its riffraff and offscourings as well as its true men.

    Gold

    Stewart White

  • The offscourings of prison and dockyards, sent over to work on the plantations before slave labor was introduced.

  • A populace composed of the offscourings of all nations—the dirtiest, roughest, one can imagine.

  • These were the offscourings of both armies, and of the negro population of that region.

    A Captain in the Ranks

    George Cary Eggleston

  • These offscourings of mankind are to be received into your territory and your cities that you may carry on war.

    The Oxford Reformers

    Frederic Seebohm


British Dictionary definitions for offscourings

offscourings

pl n
  1. scum; dregs
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