a whip used to inflict punishment (often used for pedantic humor)
bane, curse, scourge, nemesis(noun)
something causing misery or death
"the bane of my life"
terror, scourge, threat(verb)
a person who inspires fear or dread
"he was the terror of the neighborhood"
punish severely; excoriate
"The religious fanatics flagellated themselves"
lay waste to, waste, devastate, desolate, ravage, scourge(verb)
cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
"The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
waste, harry, emaciate, flagellate, abandon, blow, forsake, run off, devastate, desert, neutralise, pine away, neutralize, desolate, consume, macerate, ware, depopulate, languish, liquidate, squander, ravage, do in, rot, knock off, lay waste to
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Strike is the word for a single blow; to beat is to strike repeatedly, as a bird beats the air with its wings. Others of the above words describe the manner of beating, as bastinado, to beat on the soles of the feet; belabor, to inflict a comprehensive and exhaustive beating; cudgel, to beat with a stick; thrash, as wheat was beaten out with the old hand-flail; to pound (akin to Latin pondus, a weight) is to beat with a heavy, and pommel with a blunt, instrument. To batter and to bruise refer to the results of beating; that is battered which is broken or defaced by repeated blows on the surface (compare synonyms for SHATTER); that is bruised which has suffered even one severe contusion. The metaphorical sense of beat, however, so far preponderates that one may be very badly bruised and battered, and yet not be said to be beaten, unless he has got the worst of the beating. To beat a combatant is to disable or dishearten him for further fighting. Hence beat becomes the synonym for every word which implies getting the advantage of another. Compare CONQUER.
Almost all antonyms in this class are passive, and can be formed indefinitely from the conquering words by the use of the auxiliary be; as, be beaten, be defeated, be conquered, etc.
Beat with a stick over the head; beat by a trick; out of town; beat to the ground; into submission.
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How to use scourge in a sentence?
Some people believe video games are the scourge of society — and there's a huge generational gap between young people who play games and other folks who think it's a waste of time, so in addition to building this business and all the stresses that come with that, we have to address the fair critiques and defend against the unfair ones.
Though the dungeon, the scourge, and the executioner be absent, the guilty mind can apply the goad and scorch with blows.
Despite their steady losses to pro government forces, the scourge of ISIL continues to kill, maim and displace Iraqi civilians in the thousands and to cause untold suffering.
This is yet another reminder that the world must unite, we must be together, regardless of nationality or race or faith, in fighting the scourge of terrorism.
We have fears in our minds and in our hearts, but we will not lose courage, our aim, the aim of all the polio workers, is that we end this scourge in our country, so that no child, God forbid, is crippled.
Translations for scourge
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- وباء, سوط, بَلْوَىArabic
- plage, svøbeDanish
- Geißel, PlageGerman
- flagelo, azote, escoriaSpanish
- ruoska, maanvaiva, vitsaus, piiskaFinnish
- fouet, fléau, écourgéeFrench
- flagello, flagellare, piagaItalian
- geselen, gesel, schrik, plaagDutch
- flagelo, flagelarPortuguese
- беда, [[бить]] [[плеть, плеть, бич, кара, бедствие, бичева́тьRussian
- gissel, plågaSwedish
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