verb (used with object), scourged, scourg·ing.
- scouring pad,
- scouring rush,
Origin of scourge
Examples from the Web for scourge
The U.K. tabloids, as is their wont, have branded her “shameless,” “sordid,” and “the scourge of society.”The X Factor of Sex Invades Britain: Rebecca More’s ‘Sex Tour’ Enrages UK Politicians|Marlow Stern|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After Ferguson, we all must renew our efforts to eliminate the scourge of racism from American life.
Another huge impetus behind the movement to legalize sex work is the current focus on ending the scourge of sex trafficking.
Settling over wilderness areas everywhere, like a deadly fog, is the scourge of our time: global warming.
To the modern right, the labor movement was the scourge of America when it had real power.Can a Senator Stop a Union? Bob Corker Is Certainly Trying|Michael Tomasky|February 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In such a country, militarism is not the scourge it is with us; and the difference is due to the Confucian ethics.The Problem of China|Bertrand Russell
He used it as a whip with which to scourge any vagrant hopes that dared creep into his heart.Quin|Alice Hegan Rice
The numerous orders were enforced without momentary relaxation, and the scourge was the chief agent of control.
Medicine especially was a Satanic thing, a rebellion against disease, the scourge so justly dealt by God.La Sorcire: The Witch of the Middle Ages|Jules Michelet
To atone for her mother's vanity, and rid the land of the scourge, Cepheus agreed to offer up Andromeda to the monster.The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1|Alexander Pope
Word Origin for scourge
c.1200, "a whip, lash," from Anglo-French escorge, back-formation from Old French escorgier "to whip," from Vulgar Latin *excorrigiare, from Latin ex- "out, off" (see ex-) + corrigia "thong, shoelace," in this case "whip," probably from a Gaulish word related to Old Irish cuimrech "fetter," from PIE root *reig- "to bind" (see rig (v.)). Figurative use from late 14c. Scourge of God, title given by later generations to Attila the Hun (406-453 C.E.), is attested from late 14c., from Latin flagellum Dei.
c.1300, "to whip," from Old French escorgier and from scourge (n.). Figurative meaning "to afflict" (often for the sake of punishment or purification) is from late 14c. Related: Scourged; scourging.