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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 scourge /ˈskɝʤ ||ˈskorʤ, ˈskɔrʤ, ˈskʊrʤ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Scourge n.
 1. A lash; a strap or cord; especially, a lash used to inflict pain or punishment; an instrument of punishment or discipline; a whip.
 Up to coach then goes
 The observed maid, takes both the scourge and reins.   --Chapman.
 2. Hence, a means of inflicting punishment, vengeance, or suffering; an infliction of affliction; a punishment.
    Sharp scourges of adversity.   --Chaucer.
 What scourge for perjury
 Can this dark monarchy afford false Clarence?   --Shak.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Scourge, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Scourged p. pr. & vb. n. Scourging ]
 1. To whip severely; to lash.
    Is it lawful for you to scourge a . . . Roman?   --Acts xxii. 25.
 2. To punish with severity; to chastise; to afflict, as for sins or faults, and with the purpose of correction.
    Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.   --Heb. xii. 6.
 3. To harass or afflict severely.
    To scourge and impoverish the people.   --Brougham.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a whip used to inflict punishment (often used for pedantic
           humor) [syn: flagellum]
      2: something causes misery or death; "the bane of my life"
         [syn: bane, curse, nemesis]
      3: a person who inspires fear or dread; "he was the terror of
         the neighborhood" [syn: terror, threat]
      v 1: punish severely; excoriate
      2: whip; "The religious fanatics flagellated themselves" [syn:
      3: devastate or ravage; "The enemy lay waste to the countryside
         after the invasion" [syn: lay waste to, waste, devastate,
          desolate, ravage]