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SCOURGE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does scourge mean? 

SCOURGE (noun)
  The noun SCOURGE has 3 senses:

1. a whip used to inflict punishment (often used for pedantic humor)
2. something causes misery or death
3. a person who inspires fear or dread

  Familiarity information: SCOURGE used as a noun is uncommon.


SCOURGE (verb)
  The verb SCOURGE has 3 senses:

1. punish severely; excoriate
2. whip
3. devastate or ravage

  Familiarity information: SCOURGE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SCOURGE (noun)


Sense 1scourge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A whip used to inflict punishment (often used for pedantic humor)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

flagellum; scourge

Hypernyms ("scourge" is a kind of...):

whip (an instrument with a handle and a flexible lash that is used for whipping)


Sense 2scourge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something causes misery or death

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

bane; scourge; nemesis; curse

Context example:

the bane of my life

Hypernyms ("scourge" is a kind of...):

affliction (a cause of great suffering and distress)


Sense 3scourge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who inspires fear or dread

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

terror; scourge; threat

Context example:

he was the terror of the neighborhood

Hypernyms ("scourge" is a kind of...):

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)


SCOURGE (verb)


Sense 1scourge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Punish severely; excoriate

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Hypernyms (to "scourge" is one way to...):

penalise; penalize; punish (impose a penalty on; inflict punishment on)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 2scourge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Whip

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

flagellate; scourge

Context example:

The religious fanatics flagellated themselves

Hypernyms (to "scourge" is one way to...):

flog; lash; lather; slash; strap; trounce; welt; whip (beat severely with a whip or rod)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3scourge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Devastate or ravage

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

devastate; lay waste to; ravage; scourge; desolate; waste

Context example:

The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion

Hypernyms (to "scourge" is one way to...):

destroy; ruin (destroy completely; damage irreparably)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "scourge"):

ruin (reduce to ruins)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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