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 for scourge
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scourge \Scourge\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Scourged; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Scourging.] [From Scourge, n.: cf. OF. escorgier.]
     1. To whip severely; to lash.
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              Is it lawful for you to scourge a . . . Roman?
                                                    --Acts xxii.
                                                    25.
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     2. To punish with severity; to chastise; to afflict, as for
        sins or faults, and with the purpose of correction.
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              Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth
              every son whom he receiveth.          --Heb. xii. 6.
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     3. To harass or afflict severely.
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              To scourge and impoverish the people. --Brougham.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scourge \Scourge\, n. [F. escourg['e]e, fr. L. excoriata (sc.
     scutica) a stripped off (lash or whip), fr. excoriare to
     strip, to skin. See Excoriate.]
     1. A lash; a strap or cord; especially, a lash used to
        inflict pain or punishment; an instrument of punishment or
        discipline; a whip.
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              Up to coach then goes
              The observed maid, takes both the scourge and reins.
                                                    --Chapman.
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     2. Hence, a means of inflicting punishment, vengeance, or
        suffering; an infliction of affliction; a punishment.
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              Sharp scourges of adversity.          --Chaucer.
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              What scourge for perjury
              Can this dark monarchy afford false Clarence?
                                                    --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  154 Moby Thesaurus words for "scourge":
     adversity, afflict, affliction, ambulatory plague, bane, baste,
     bastinado, beat, belabor, belt, birch, black death, black plague,
     blacksnake, blister, bubonic plague, buffet, bugbear, bullwhack,
     bullwhip, burden, calamity, cane, castigate, castigation, cat,
     cellulocutaneous plague, chastening, chastise, chastisement, club,
     condign punishment, correction, cowhide, crop, crushing burden,
     cudgel, curse, cut, death, defervescing plague, depredate,
     desecrate, deserts, desolate, despoil, destruction, devastate,
     disciplinary measures, discipline, disease, drub, epidemic,
     epiphytotic, epizootic, evil, excoriate, ferule, flagellate,
     flagellum, flail, flay, flog, frail, fustigate, give a whipping,
     give the stick, glandular plague, grievance, harm,
     hemorrhagic plague, hide, hit, horsewhip, infliction, judgment,
     judicial punishment, knout, kurbash, lace, larval plague, lash,
     lather, lay on, misery, misfortune, murrain, nemesis, open wound,
     pains, pains and punishments, pandemia, pandemic, pay, payment,
     penal retribution, penalty, penology, pest, pesthole, pestilence,
     pillage, pistol-whip, plague, plague spot, pneumonic plague,
     pommel, premonitory plague, pummel, punish, punishment, punition,
     quirt, rawhide, razor strap, retribution, retributive justice,
     running sore, sack, scarify, scathe, scorch, septicemic plague,
     siderating plague, sjambok, slash, smite, spank, spoliate, strap,
     stripe, swinge, switch, thong, thorn, thrash, thump, torment,
     trounce, truncheon, tuberculosis, vexation, visitation, wallop,
     waste, wear out, well-deserved punishment, whale, what-for, whip,
     whiplash, white plague, whop, woe
  
  

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