Scourge

Definition of 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.
v. t.1.To whip severely; to lash.
[imp. & p. p. Scourged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Scourging .]
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.

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