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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SCOURGE

And there is much to be done and to be said, but take my word for it: This scourge will stop.

A company came on board the Scourge, and they filled us chock-a-block.

The day after I reached the harbour, I was ordered on board the Scourge.

I never saw a studding-sail in any of the schooners, the Scourge excepted.

The Scourge had gone down on the night of the 7th, or the morning of the 8th, I never knew which.

Israel relapsed into idolatry, and God punished them with the scourge of war.

You ask Doc Peets; he'll tell you that this yere Monte with his snorin' is a scourge.'

Outside, the rain, driven by gusts, smote the window as with a scourge.

The scourge had been conquered in its first and only stronghold.

Scourge her soundly, man; scourge her till her blood runs down!

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "a whip, lash," from Anglo-French escorge, back-formation from Old French escorgier "to whip," from Vulgar Latin *excorrigiare, from Latin ex- "out, off" (see ex-) + corrigia "thong, shoelace," in this case "whip," probably from a Gaulish word related to Old Irish cuimrech "fetter," from PIE root *reig- "to bind" (see rig (v.)). Figurative use from late 14c. Scourge of God, title given by later generations to Attila the Hun (406-453 C.E.), is attested from late 14c., from Latin flagellum Dei.

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